Emery ac­cused of road rage

Regina Leader-Post - - Sports - By ANDREW SEY­MOUR CanWest News Ser­vice

OTTAWA — A West Ottawa re­tiree is ac­cus­ing Sen­a­tors goalie Ray Emery of try­ing to run him off the road be­fore threat­en­ing to kill him dur­ing an al­leged case of road rage ear­lier this week. Jean V. The­rien al­leges in a po­lice re­port that the 24-year-old Sen­a­tors goalie swore at him and called him an “old bag of bones” and an “old fool” be­fore threat­en­ing him. The­rien said the al­leged threat came af­ter Mr. Emery blocked his path with his white Hum­mer and or­dered him to get out of his ve­hi­cle.

The­rien, who ad­mits he cut Emery off on the west­bound High­way 417 near an off-ramp mo­ments ear­lier, said the threat came af­ter Emery re­peat­edly swerved into his lane.

“If I had not got out of his way, there is ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve I would have ended up in the ditch,” said The­rien, who has com­plained to both Ottawa po­lice and the Ottawa Sen­a­tors about the in­ci­dent which oc­curred be­tween 8:45 and 9 a.m. Wed­nes­day on the Pal­la­dium Drive off-ramp. At­tempts to reach Emery were un­suc­cess­ful Thurs­day, but he de­nied threat­en­ing The­rien in an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day.

“I got mad and started yelling at him. I didn’t threaten him,” Emery said. De­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent as “a lit­tle ar­gu­ment.”

Emery said he swore at The­rien fol­low­ing an ex­chang­ing of hand ges­tures af­ter be­ing cut off. “I won the war of words and he got a bit mad. I’m not apol­o­giz­ing or any­thing,” said Emery.

Ottawa po­lice have since as­signed a de­tec­tive to in­ves­ti­gate the com­plaint. No charges have been laid.

The­rien, who re­tired 10 years ago from a job as an as­sis­tant to the chair­man of Canada Post, said the in­ci­dent be­gan when he pulled out to pass a van. The­rien said he checked his rearview and side mir­rors, made a shoul­der check and then sig­nalled to pass be­fore mov­ing into the left lane. That’s when he heard the “roar of an en­gine” and spot­ted the white Hum­mer in his rearview mir­ror.

“He was into my rear bumper be­fore I re­al­ized what was go­ing on. I had to speed up to get out of his way,” said The­rien.

“We both made the same de­ci­sion at the ex­act same time,” said The­rien, who ad­mit­ted he mo­tioned with his arms to­ward Emery but never made an ob­scene ges­ture. “If that had hap­pened to me, if the roles had been re­versed, of course I would be an­gry. Any­body would be. But the road be­longs to me and it be­longs to him and it be­longs to ev­ery­body,” said The­rien.

“It was one of those things that hap­pen on the road and it was no rea­son for him to come af­ter me and then call me the things he did,” said The­rien. “He cre­ated sit­u­a­tions time and time and time again that put my life in jeop­ardy.”

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