A New London woman pleaded guilty to totaling her car while reportedly ramming into a U-Haul while her husband admitted using a baseball bat to smash in the driver's windshield.
"You have your criminals and then you have the people who just make poor decisions," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said of the case.
Mary Moore, 35, was going through the McDonald's drive-thru with her young daughter in their new sedan when she honked her horn at a U-Haul driver who Moore felt was getting too close to her vehicle.
The U-Haul driver got out of the vehicle, confronted Mary Moore and started calling her disparaging names. After asking witnesses if they saw what had happened, Moore left the restaurant and went to the family's Fayette Road home.
At the Moore residence, Steve Moore, 37, Mary's husband, "may have been having a few drinks" when his wife returned and told him what had happened.
The couple decided to take separate vehicles and head back up to the restaurant in search of witnesses and to see if the incident was on video surveillance, according to the couple's attorney, Jack Bradley.
After speaking with a few people, the couple spotted the U-Haul. Mary Moore got in her new car and drove in the U-Haul's lane "to stop him," her attorney said.
While Mary Moore maintains the U-Haul driver rammed his vehicle into her car, Leffler told the court that Moore smashed into the U-Haul, causing enough damage to total her vehicle.
Regardless, Mary Moore "understands it was her poor judgment to go into his lane," her attorney told the court.
After his wife stopped the U-Haul from leaving, Steve Moore approached the driver's side of the U-Haul with an aluminum baseball bat and hit the windshield with it, using enough force to break through it and hit the driver once or twice, Leffler said.
The Moores maintained that Steve Moore only hit the windshield and if the driver was struck it was an accidental result of the blow. "(Mr. Moore) is not entirely sure that the bat made contact (with the driver,)" Bradley said.
Mary Moore pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing, since the U-Haul driver feared for his safety after the vehicular assault, Leffler said. The misdemeanor charge carries jail time as well as a maximum fine of $1,000.
Steve Moore agreed to plead guilty to attempted felonious assault, with a specification of a threat to cause serious bodily harm.
Steven Moore could end up serving prison time based on the weight of the charge, which is a felony, Leffler said. The maximum fine for the felony is $10,000.
The couple is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 16, according to their attorney.