Man Rattled, Spit At, During EG Road Rage Incident

The victim was struck in the head by an empty water bottle and spit at by a man who reportedly drove off in a Hyundai with Massachusetts plates.

East Greenwich Police Department. (Patch file photo)
East Greenwich Police Department. (Patch file photo)
A Warwick man reported to East Greenwich Police a harrowing tale of being physically and verbally assaulted after a road rage incident on Post Road May 23.

Police said they met the victim in the American Legion parking lot on Post Road at 3:30 p.m. and he told them he was driving along when another motorist driving a small black Hyundai pulled in front of him at high speed and then slammed on his brakes.

The victim said he thought the Hyundai driver, described as a white unshaven man weighing between 190 and 200 pounds, was trying to get him to rear-end him. He then continued to drive erratically, shifting between lanes for a distance along Post Road before they came to a stop at the intersection at Cedar Avenue.

While the light was red, the Hyundai driver got out of his car and said "do you have a problem? Let's go right now!" according to a police report.

He then spit at the victim and threw an empty bottle of water, which struck the victim in the head.

The victim then called police, prompting the suspect to get back in his car, pull a U-turn and drive off heading south on Post Road.

The suspect's car had a Massachusetts license plate, police said, but the number did not match the description of a dark Hyundai. 

Police are investigating.


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