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  • State police: Road rage led to stabbing on Interstate 86

  • Road rage led to Tuesday's stabbing on Interstate 86, according to Horseheads-based New York State Police.
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  • Road rage led to Tuesday’s stabbing on Interstate 86, according to Horseheads-based New York State Police.
    The incident happened at roughly 2:30 p.m. on I-86.
    According to Inv. Chris Wilkinson, it began when two vehicles were driving west through a single-lane construction zone in the Town of Chemung.
    One motorist got annoyed because he felt the other was following too closely and pumped his brakes. The confrontation continued beyond the construction zone, and both got off Exit 59A at Wilawana.
    The drivers then pulled over on the shoulder of the off-ramp, Wilkinson said.
    That’s when David Cooke, 54, of Chemung, got out of his car and approached a vehicle driven by Joel Genovese, 57, Elmira, Wilkinson said.
    Cooke allegedly reached into Genovese’s vehicle and grabbed him.
    Genovese then allegedly stabbed Cooke with a medium-size lock blade knife, Wilkinson said.
    Cooke then retreated, drove to the nearby Dandy Mart for help, and an ambulance and state police were called to the scene. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira and treated for lacerations to his left hand and right forearm.
    Genovese kept driving west on I-86, and he was spotted a short time later later by a Horseheads police officer and pulled over near Exit 52A in Horseheads, in the area of the Southern Tier Crossing shopping plaza. He was surrounded by state troopers and taken into custody. There was blood on his car when he was pulled over, police said.
    State police took statements, took photos and collected evidence, all of which will be turned over to the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office.
    The DA’s office will make the decision on whether Genovese acted in self-defense, Wilkinson said. No charges have been filed against either man yet.
    “The whole thing could have been avoided if they just kept driving,” Wilkinson said.
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