Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Sideswipes Vehicle With Owner Refusing Payment

Posted: Jun 16 2015, 9:55pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News


Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Sideswipes Vehicle With Owner Refusing Payment
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  • Dwayne Johnson offered a man by the name of Audie Bridges compensation for sideswiping his truck on June 15, but the latter refused.

Wrestling icon and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sideswiped a neighbor's pickup truck on June 15. Johnson, who posted the incident on Instagram, offered to fix and pay for the damage, but the owner, Audie Bridges, refused payment.

Dwayne Johnson is one lucky man.

While backing up from his garage, the wrestling icon and actor sideswiped a neighbor's parked truck. Johnson offered to pay for the damage but the truck's owner, Audie Bridges, recognized him and refused compensation.

Johnson posted the incident on his official Instagram account on June 15:

"Here's a fun story to start your week off...I'm driving to set in my pick up truck - music blasting - I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my truck - then I hear a loud BANG. What the hell..?

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on

"Look in my rear view and see I sideswiped another pick up that was parked in the street and destroyed the side mirror. First thing I thought was, 'Aw s--t..someone's not gonna be happy..' 

"I flipped a U-turn and drove back to the scene. Just as I got out of my truck a guy was walking across the street to his truck. I said, 'Sir, is this your truck?' He stopped and stared at me for a good 5 seconds, looked around his neighborhood, looked back at me and 'Yes it is. Why?' 

"I said 'Well, sorry to tell ya I sideswiped it and knocked the hell outta your mirror and may have done even more damage. You give me your info and I'll leave you mine and I'll take care of everything.'

"He stared at me again, cocked his head sideways and said..'Uhhh..Are you The Rock?' And I said, 'Yup.' He broke out into a huge smile and said 'Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!'

"I started belly laughing at that, then he started laughing and before you know it we're both standing in the middle of the street pointing to his mirror and laughing like two 'ol crazy buddies.

"I checked back with him a few days later and he refused to accept any money and said he fixed the damage himself. Want to thank Mr. Audie Bridges of Wakefield, Mass. for being so cool about the whole thing. Life is funny cause you never know who you're gonna run into.

"...and sure as hell never know who's truck you're gonna sideswipe while driving to work."

TMZ interviewed Bridges on June 15. The website discovered he is a Jewish folk singer. Bridges confirmed the exchange Johnson wrote about on his Instagram account. After their conversation, the two posed for a photo so Bridges can brag about meeting Johnson to his friends. 

Bridges also confirmed Johnson returned a few days after the accident to offer compensation. However, he told TMZ he turned down Johnson's offer because he does repairs himself. "Plus, he thinks it's good karma," per TMZ. 

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