Olympic Gold Medalist told Police Driver Could have Killed her in Road Rage Incident

Jessica Diggins, left, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal past Stina Nilsson, of Sweden, in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea Photo: AP photo/Dmitri Lovetsky
Jessica Diggins, left, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal past Stina Nilsson, of Sweden, in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

November 06, 2018 02:36 PM

A criminal complaint provides new details on an incident last month involving Olympic gold medal cross country skier Jessie Diggins that led to multiple charges against a 37-year-old St. Mary's Point man.

Court records show George Garret Frost has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct-intent to cause harm, reckless driving, careless driving and nuisance on a public roadway.

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RELATED: Man Charged in Connection to Alleged Road Rage Incident Involving Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins

Diggins posted on her blog that she and Stillwater High School girls Nordic ski coach Kris Hansen were roller-skiing single file on Oct. 28 when an SUV allegedly "buzzed" them a few miles from her home in Afton.

The 27-year-old said after the SUV passed them, the driver stopped in the road with a hill in the distance, then started driving next to them as they tried to pass.

RELATED: Olympic Medalist Diggins Reports Brush with Angry Motorist

The criminal complaint said Diggins told authorities she and Hansen were skiing single file when a blue Ford Explorer allegedly driven by Frost passed them so close that "she felt her balance shift from the wind of the vehicle."

She alleged Frost then began harassing them, forcing them to the middle of the road and blocking them from getting back to the right side. She said she knocked on his window several times, indicating he was going to get them killed, but Frost simply flipped them the middle finger and turned up his music.

The complaint states Frost told authorities he did not feel there was a hill approaching, and the two skiers were next to each other and not skiing single file. He reportedly said he was upset because he had been "harassed for skateboarding" by law enforcement as a child growing up in the area, but somehow skiing was OK. 

According to the criminal complaint, he said he did not get close to the skiers, but said they started pounding on his car, prompting the deputy to ask how they were able to do that if he was not close to them.

He also reportedly admitted to flipping them the middle finger.

According to the complaint, Hansen provided similar details on the incident to Diggins, estimating it lasted a minute or longer.

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