Police: Salina driver rams tow truck after texting confrontation

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A 25-year-old Salina man is accused of ramming his car into a tow truck several times after a confrontation over texting and driving.

The incident happened at around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The 41-year-old tow truck driver told police that he and the suspect, Steven Viar, were heading north on Ohio Street and Viar's Kia was swerving into his lane and nearly hit his truck.

The Salina Journal reports that when the truck driver looked down, he saw Viar typing text messages and trying to steer with his knees. The two exchanged words while driving side by side. 

Saline County Undersheriff Brent Melander said as the tow truck drove onto the I-70 ramp, Viar flagged the driver down and the two began arguing. Viar then allegedly got back into his car and and rammed the driver's side of the tow truck three times. 

No one was hurt.

Via drove off but was quickly arrested. He was booked into jail for aggravated battery, felony damage to property and reckless driving. He was not listed on the Saline County Jail's website Thursday morning.

Damage to the Freightliner tow truck was estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. No estimate was available for damage to Viar’s car.

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