A Springs man in a Dodge van who thought a Maserati in front of him on Three Mile Harbor Road wasn’t going fast enough decided to teach the other driver a lesson by challenging him to a fight, but it was the van driver who got the education.
According to East Hampton Town police, after tailgating the Maserati heading south near Muir Boulevard on Feb. 9 around 1:15 p.m., the driver of the van pulled into oncoming traffic, slammed on the brakes, and cut off the car, trapping it and blocking traffic in both directions. The driver of the van then allegedly got out of the vehicle brandishing a pipe in his hand, and approached the Maserati.
“I was thinking, ‘What’s wrong with this guy?’ ” said Adam Falek, who was seated in the 2012 two-door GranTurismo S Maserati with his wife, Lori. “He blocked all the traffic. I had no place to go. He got out with a metal pipe. I have my wife in the car. I didn’t want him to hit my wife or my car.”
So Mr. Falek, who weighs 240 pounds and can bench-press 400 pounds, stepped out of his car.
“He was starting to swing the pipe,” Mr. Falek said Sunday. “I grabbed his arm and got the pipe away, and threw him back in his van.”
Police said that Mr. Falek tossed the pipe into the woods, and that the van driver then found the pipe, got back in his van, and fled.
“I said to him, ‘You’re going to jail.’ He took off,” Mr. Falek said.
Because the van had blocked traffic in both directions at a busy time of day, several vehicles had been forced to stop and at least one of the other drivers phoned the police. Within minutes, the van driver was apprehended by town police on Gay Lane in East Hampton Village and questioned.
Mr. Falek got back into the Maserati to comfort his wife. “It was a scary situation,” Ms. Falek said. “You come out here to relax. You don’t expect something like this to happen.”
It was at that point that an officer approached Mr. Falek, whose story was corroborated by at least one other witness interviewed by police, and asked him if he wanted to press charges against the driver of the van.
Mr. Falek declined to press charges, and the driver of the van was released by police. Police did not identify him, because he was not charged with a crime, but said he could have faced a charge of menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
“I told my wife I don’t think he’ll be doing that again.”
When asked about his ability to disarm his alleged attacker, Mr. Falek said. “I’ve sort of been around awhile.”
Mr. Falek, a Brooklyn native who has a house on Staten Island and owns a Manhattan-based pest-control business, bought a house with his wife of 28 years in Springs several years ago, and now considers Springs his primary residence. “We moved out here for the quiet. I guess this just followed me.”