Upset with Speeders, Buffalo Man, 75, Litters Road with Nails

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(Buffalo, MN) – A 75-year-old man from Buffalo stands accused of taking matters into his own hands to slow down traffic in front of his house.

Joseph William Kurimay is charged in Wright County District Court with one felony count of criminal damage to property.

According to the complaint, a woman contacted police last fall saying after she got a flat tire while driving on Pulaski Road, she learned that Tires Plus in Buffalo had repaired dozens of flats, damaged with the same exact distinctive masonry nails.

Police went to the local Menards and tracked four purchases of the nails in question and discovered that the purchaser was Kurimay, who lives on Pulaski Road. The detective then went to the home of Kurimay, who allegedly blamed the government for not doing anything about his complaint about speeders and said he “took the matter into his own hands out of frustration.”

In the months since, the detective was able to identify about 115 victims who had traveled on Pulaski Road prior to nail puncture damage to their tires – totaling nearly $23,000.

Buffalo Police say Kurimay had contacted them in the spring of 2017 to complain about people driving too fast and he had even bought his own radar gun.

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