A Burnsville man has been charged with becoming enraged when another driver wouldn’t back away from an intersection, then swinging a tire iron at the other driver and two other people.
Imtiaz Khan, 36, is charged with three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Each charge is a felony with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Burnsville police were called to an intersection on County Road 11 just before 1 p.m. Oct. 7 to investigate a reported assault.
Officers found the victim’s vehicle stopped in the southbound middle lane of traffic on County Road 11. The car had a silver dollar-sized hole resembling a puncture mark on its tailgate, and scratch marks on the driver’s side window.
The victim told police that he stopped at a red light behind one other vehicle, which was driven by Khan. Khan motioned for the victim to back up; the victim told Khan that it wasn’t necessary, because Khan’s vehicle wasn’t blocking the intersection. An officer noted that there appeared to be enough room from where the victim’s car was stopped for another car to be in front without blocking the intersection.
Khan backed into the victim’s vehicle, then got out, grabbed a tire iron from his trunk and approached the victim’s car, brandishing the tire iron, according to the complaint. Khan hit the driver’s side door of the victim’s car, denting it, the complaint says.
The victim told police that he feared that Khan would hit him with the tire iron, so he began to back up, but Khan hit the tailgate of his vehicle with the tire iron.
Witnesses gave police similar accounts of the incident. One witness said she saw Khan get out of his vehicle and swing the tire iron at the victim “in an aggressive manner.” The victim’s wife, who was in the front passenger seat during the incident, was upset and emotional, appearing to be near tears, according to the complaint.
Another witness said the victim had his hands up in the air as Khan approached him with the tire iron in his hands, and a fourth witness said Khan was yelling so loudly that she could hear him over her car stereo, which was turned to a high volume. She said she saw Khan hit the victim’s vehicle with the tire iron, and that he was “extremely aggressive.”
Another witness said he saw Khan hit the victim’s vehicle three times with the tire iron and begin to chase him. The witness said he yelled “Hey!” at Khan to draw his attention away from the victim, but when Khan began to approach the witness, he said he thought to himself, “I am in deep [expletive].” He said he tried to keep several feet between himself and Khan and believed that Khan was going to hit him with the tire iron.
Khan remains in the Dakota County Jail on an $80,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Jan. 7 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.