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Jogger winds up running for his life from angry driver

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A Johnson County man out for an evening jog wound up running for his life after a confrontation with an angry driver.

"I took my 40-yard dash that way. Maybe the Chiefs can sign me because I ran pretty quick," said the man who didn't want to use his name until investigators can try to figure out who was behind the bizarre encounter.

He can joke about what happened now, but Tuesday night was a much different story.

"It was pretty scary," he said.

It was about 10 p.m. when the man went for a jog near West 117th Street and Nieman Road in Overland Park.

"I saw a car, the lights kind of come up pretty slow on the other side of this street," the man said.

He saw the driver inside saying something unintelligible. Then the driver hit the gas, turned off the roadway right toward the victim, jumping the curb and running into a fence.

"I felt threatened by what was happening, I didn't know if he had a weapon or a gun," the jogger said.

Police have no idea what made the driver snap, but they aren't letting it go just because the victim got away unharmed.

The victim said he's still a little shaken up, but the run-in won't make him change his course.

"I might go out a little earlier for sure, but it won't stop me from going on this route," he said.

The victim said everything happened so fast, the only description he could get was a silver four-door sedan.

Other Johnson County joggers are now looking over their shoulder.

"It is quite shocking. I've never seen anything like that. Makes me wonder after a good run ... if he tried to do that to me if I'd have enough energy to get out of the way," Troy Russell said.

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