TINLEY PARK, Ill. (CBS) — Tinley Park police have issued a warning after an 18-year-old woman was involved in a road rage incident.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, the young woman says she was choked and thrown to the ground after she got out of her car and tried to run into a store.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

The incident began on Aug. 25 at 11:30 p.m. The teenager tells police she made a last minute choice to change lanes on Interstate 80 to avoid a construction zone, and thinks that upset the driver of a dark Buick LeSabre that began tailgating her.

When the young woman exited at Harlem, the driver of the Buick did too. He followed her into the Brookside Marketplace Mall at 191st Street and Harlem Avenue, outside a Super Target store.

Police say the woman parked, and the driver parked nearby and stared at her, causing her to leave her car and run toward the Super Target store. The man ran after her, grabbed her by the throat and knocked her to the ground, police said.

They said he ran back to his car and drove off while the woman called police.

The SouthtownStar contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

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