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To stop cars speeding, lakeside homeowner in Buffalo put nails in the road

The 75 year old said he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Sick of speeding cars outside his lakeside home in Buffalo, Joseph Kurimay decided to take matters into his own hands.

That's according to criminal charges filed against him this week, which allege he placed mason nails on Pulaski Road, beside Lake Pulaski, in retaliation for speeding outside his property.

The 75 year old had made reports of speeding cars on Pulaski Road in March and April 2017, and even bought a radar gun to monitor speeds.

But when the problem didn't dissipate, Kurimay is accused of placing nails in the road that caused countless punctures over a period of months last summer and fall.


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It came to the attention of police when one victim sustained a puncture on Oct. 13, who upon taking her car to Tires Plus was told they'd repaired dozens of flat tires caused by the same nail in recent months.

In total, 115 victims came forward saying their vehicles got punctures on Pulaski Road, with the total damage valued at $22,630.03.

Among the victims was school bus company Vision Transportation, which said four of its buses sustained punctures in October.

Police tracked down Kurimay using credit card receipts for the mason nails he bought at Menard's on four occasions last year, with investigators also finding crushed nails on the road outside his home.

When initially questioned about it, Kurimay began "blaming the government for not solving the problems he had complained about," and then said he "took the matter into his own hands out of frustration."

He has been charged with 1st degree damage to property, which carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.

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