Henry and the Englishman: A tale of dog rage
An Aspenite in ski boots allegedly chased down a visiting elderly Englishman, cursed and spit on the man, and then kicked his vehicle – all because of a terrier named Henry.The alleged “dog rage” occurred Monday around 10:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Hallam Street. Christopher Columbus Campaigne, 34, told police he was outside his house waiting for friends.”Campaigne said that Henry was across the street and that [he] called for him,” a police report says. “Henry crossed the street, and a blue Suburban ran Henry over.”The driver, Alexander Jones, was “an elderly male who didn’t seem to know what was going on. Campaigne said that he chased Jones by foot several blocks,” the report says.He then went back to his house, got in his vehicle, chased the man down and swerved in front of him to make him stop, Campaigne told police.A witness told police Campaigne kicked the alleged victim’s vehicle several times. The victim was clearer. He told police that he rolled his window down halfway when Campaigne approached.”[He] said that the man yelled, ‘You ran over my f—ing dog!” the report says. The victim said Campaigne continued yelling at him and “started spitting at him. [The man] said that the spit hit him on the left side of his face.”Campaigne then allegedly tried to tear out the window. The report says he told police he “might have kicked the car with his ski boot. Campaigne said emotions were running high and that he probably reacted the wrong way. He said he was sorry for doing it.”He is charged with menacing, harassment and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors. Jones was reportedly returning to England Wednesday.And what of Henry, the Jack Russell terrier? Police officer Melinda Calvano said in the report that she looked under and around the vehicle but failed to find any signs that a dog had been hit.”There was no blood or fur on the vehicle,” the report says. The man said “that he did not think he hit a dog.”Community Service Officer Matt Burg followed up by calling Henry’s vet Wednesday to see if he had been brought in for treatment. He had not.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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