A local man has been arrested and charged after an incident of road rage led to a series of dangerous events including the assault of another motorist.
According to Kingston Police, the incident took place on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. At approximately 10 p.m. that day, the accused man drove up behind the victim – another motorist – at a high rate of speed as both drivers were travelling west on King Street. The accused man passed the victim and then quickly applied the brakes, causing the victim to respond by slamming on his brakes to stop abruptly and avoid a collision.
At that point, the accused man exited his vehicle and approached the victim’s vehicle while yelling and berating the victim. The accused man then punched the window of the victim’s vehicle, causing damage. The victim was then able to drive away.
The incident continued, however, as the accused man continued to pursue the victim at a high rate of speed. For a second time, the accused driver passed the victim and stopped his vehicle in front of the victim’s. The victim was once again forced to brake abruptly.
As the accused man exited his vehicle for the second time, the victim rolled down his window, attempting to reason with the man. Instead, the accused punched the victim in the face and shoulder before fleeing the scene.
Police were called and responded to the scene, but were unable to locate the accused man in the area, or at his home address.
After further investigation, police located and arrested the accused man at an address in downtown Kingston at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The 39-year-old Kingston man was charged with assault, and mischief under $5,000.