Video footage taken from a road rage incident on a California highway Thursday helped investigators identify and charge the persons concerned.
(Jeniffer Dianne/Fox 5 San Diego)
A case of road rage on a California highway Thursday ended with a flipped SUV and assault charges.
The dramatic incident on State Route 78 in Oceanside, north of San Diego, on Thursday afternoon, Fox 5 reported citing the California Highway Patrol.
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A video posted on social media by a bystander showed cars stuck in a traffic jam. A man, dressed in a brown shirt, eventually got out of his BMW and approached the Ford Escape behind him.
The man, that the line of cars behind him, apparently began to shout to the driver of the blue SUV. Ultimately, the Ford driver tried to maneuver, to move forward on the highway.
The man in maroon kept yelling at the SUV driver, who soon peeked his head out the window.
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Then, the man in the road apparently spat on the Ford driver. If the man in maroon was walking back to his car, the SUV drove forward and sideswiped the smaller car, but also to the SUV to flip on its side.
It is unclear what led to the dispute, but the spectator who together battle told Fox 5 she thought the driver of the SUV would not allow the smaller car’s driver to move over his job.
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“I was like, what the hell is this crazy guy doing?” witness Dallas Montanez told the news station. “This is insane. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Law enforcement initially thought that the incident was a hit-and-run, the Los Angeles Times reported. It was not until the video appeared online that the researchers learned it was a different situation, and used the images to identify the BMW-driver — 33-year-old Kevin McCall of Vista.
McCall was hit with a misdemeanor sexual assault responsible for the alleged spitting on the Ford’s driver.
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The Ford driver, who like Andrew Branch, 23, of Escondido, was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Vista Detention facility, Fox 5 reported.
The highway was backed up for nearly an hour as investigators worked to determine what happened.
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