Suspicious highway roadblock spooks NJ driver

Suspicious roadblock spooks driver on New Jersey Turnpike (Courtesy: Ivan Tukhtin YouTube)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man drove up on a suspicious roadblock on a New Jersey highway, and his dash camera was rolling – catching the entire incident on camera. There were no lights, nothing flashing to signal that the roadblock was on the New Jersey Turnpike — other than two traffic cones sitting in the middle of the road in the dark.

There was also a man – hooded and covered from head to toe in dark clothing — and a car off on the right shoulder, cloaked in the darkness and hardly visible. Apprehensive, driver Ivan Tukhtin turned his wheel to the left, seemingly to make an exit. But the man on the highway moves in front of the car – before approaching Ivan.

“Can I help … what’s going on? Can I help you with something?” Ivan asks the stranger, who apparently then reached for his pocket.

Ivan wastes no time in taking off, weaving through the cones for a quick exit from the seemingly dangerous situation. Ivan talked to CBS New York, saying “as a Good Samaritan you kind of give them the benefit of the doubt because you don’t know what’s going to happen – at which point I saw him reach into his pocket, at which point I knew something was going down, so I left.”

Ivan says he immediately knew something wasn’t right, so he sped away.

“Tukhtin questioned the man’s motive, worried that it could have been part of a dangerous scheme,” says CBS New York.

Ivan says while he doesn’t want to think of the worst-case scenario, that’s what came to mind – adding that he could have been mugged. He says he considers himself lucky.

The New Jersey State police told CBS New York that two men were arrested for allegedly setting up the fake roadblock. The case reportedly remains under investigation as of late Wednesday night.

“It’s scary to think that’s the world we live in today,” Ivan told CBS.

“Before people jump to conclusions: No, I will not run a person over. There was no immediate danger. I asked him what he was doing to lead him away from the front of the car. As soon as he acted suspicious, I left,” Ivan posted on his video. “For those of you who would run over the cones, I hope you are OK with paying for the damage it would cost to a lowered sports car traveling 40+ mph.”

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