Most motorists are used to being cut off in traffic, whether intentionally or accidentally. But how drivers react to such incidents can differ wildly — and one local driver chose throwing a liquid at another driver over moving on with their day, according to Kingston Police.
The local police service detailed the events in a press release the day after they occurred on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. Police did not disclose what time of day the incident took place, but classified it as a case of “road rage,” noting that the altercation between the two drivers began after the victim was cut off by the accused driver while driving northbound on Centennial Drive near Kingsdale Avenue. When the victim was cut off by the other vehicle, the accused driver “abruptly stopped in the middle of the road, nearly [causing] a collision,” police said. At that time, the victim honked their horn at the accused “to indicate their displeasure with the other driver’s actions,” according to police.
From there, both vehicles proceeded to the intersection of Centennial Drive and Taylor-Kidd Boulevard. There, while stopped at a red light, both drivers rolled down their windows and “engaged in a conversation,” police shared.
“The victim indicated that the accused had nearly caused a collision and that his manner of driving was dangerous,” Kingston Police said.
“The accused retorted with vulgarities, requesting that the victim pull over to the side of the road and [stating that the victim] would be assaulted.”
The accused driver then followed the victim’s vehicle westbound on Taylor-Kidd Boulevard, “making hand gestures for the victim to pull their vehicle over.” While still driving, the victim rolled down their window to speak with the accused driver, at which time the accused “threw a cup of [a] coffee-like substance through the window of the vehicle.”
“The liquid struck the victim as well as the interior of their vehicle,” said Kingston Police.
“The two proceeded to turn north onto Bexley Gate, where both vehicles came to a stop.”
According to police, the accused driver exited their vehicle and approached the victim with a snow brush in hand, threatening that the victim was about to be assaulted. The victim remained in their vehicle and called police, and the accused left the scene.
Officers responded and quickly located the accused driver and their vehicle nearby. The accused driver was arrested at approximately 11:35 a.m., police said, was then transported to Kingston Police Headquarters, and was later released on conditions with a future court date.
The 52-year-old male driver from Gananoque was charged with:
- Two counts of assault with a weapon
- Uttering threats to cause bodily harm
“Recognizing an aggressive driver may help you avoid becoming a victim of a road rage incident. Aggressive drivers are known to cut off other vehicles, tailgate, speed, run red lights, and make careless lane changes. Be aware of obscene gestures, verbal assaults, and threats made by aggressive drivers,” Kingston Police said.
“Avoid engaging other drivers, even if they have done something to make you angry or you have made them angry. Put as much distance between you and the other driver as possible. Try not to make eye contact with them. Never, ever pull off the roadway to confront them. This could lead to an escalation in tensions and ultimately a physical confrontation. Avoid creating a competitive situation with another driver, even if they are at fault. Try not to take another person’s bad driving personally. Road rage is a lose-lose situation that could result in a motor vehicle collision and/or physical injury to yourself or others on Kingston’s roadways.”