SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. — A New York man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defense after the comedian climbed into a vehicle and tried to punch him during a profanity-laced traffic dispute.

Chase told police he was cut off by another driver on Feb. 9. Thinking his car might be damaged, he followed the car across the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Both drivers pulled over in South Nyack.

A truck passenger, Michael Landrio, told the New York Post that his friend tried to make peace, but Chase star got into their vehicle and tried to punch him. Landrio said that’s when he kicked Chase. Landrio was charged with harassment.