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Dispute between drivers causes traffic tie-up on New Circle Road

The afternoon commute on Nicholasville and New Circle roads was a little wilder than usual Monday.

At 5:23 p.m., a man called Lexington police to report that he had been the victim of a hit-and-run on Nicholasville Road in the area of Pasadena Drive. He pursued the pickup truck that he said had hit his vehicle and told the police dispatcher that he had a rifle with him, implying that he would "take care of it" when he caught up with the other driver, said Lt. Chris Van Brackel of the Lexington police.

Numerous police responded as the vehicles continued down Nicholasville Road, and the driver of the pickup truck turned onto New Circle.

Van Brackel said the police dispatcher convinced the driver who said his vehicle had been hit to stop.

When several police stopped the driver of the pickup truck at 5:35 p.m., he was charged with not having a license, but Van Brackel said police could find no damage on either vehicle.

Apparently, the pickup had bumped the other vehicle at a stoplight. The incident temporarily caused quite a snarl on New Circle Road, Van Brackel said.

"It was a huge mess," he said.