Lincoln man arrested after threatening to kill driver in road rage incident, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A man was arrested Wednesday after threatening to kill another driver, Lincoln Police say.

The road rage was reported around 8 a.m., when the victim told police that he was threatened at a northwest Lincoln gas station.

The 25-year-old man said he was driving on Northwest 13th Street when a Honda sped past him, nearly hitting a pedestrian, police said.

According to police, the driver flashed his lights at the Honda, which continued into a residential area.

Once the driver pulled into a gas station parking lot near West Fletcher Avenue and Northwest 2nd Circle, the Honda reappeared behind him.

As the man was getting out of his car, 24-year-old Nicholas Vanackeren exited the Honda with a knife and threatened to kill the driver, police said.

The victim ran inside the store and watched as Vanackeren used the knife to pop one of his tires, according to police.

Vanackeren hit the victim’s car and another vehicle as he was leaving the parking lot.

Police found and arrested Vanackeren at his home later that day.

Vanackeren was lodged in jail on suspicion of terroristic threats and the use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.  He was also cited for criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

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