Monday, 15 April 2013

Central Islip man arrested in Holtsville road rage incident

Central Islip man arrested in Holtsville road rage incident, A Central Islip man was arrested Sunday after allegedly smashing the window of another car with a bat and assaulting a motorist during an apparent road rage incident, Suffolk County police said.

Authorities said it all happened around 8:30 a.m. on April 10, when a man was driving eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 57 in Holtsville. Cops said the man changed lanes and noticed that a white BMW was tailgating his car. The BMW continued to follow him for several exits until the man pulled off of the highway at Exit 62, police said in a news release.

After pulling onto the service road, police said the BMW pulled in front of the man, abruptly cutting him off and bringing traffic to a sudden halt. That maneuver was said to cause a minor crash between two uninvolved vehicles. At that point, the driver of the BMW exited his car with a bat and “broke the windshield and two driver’s side windows of the victim’s car,” according to detectives. He also reportedly punched the victim in the face several times.

Police identified the man driving the BMW as Jason Parker, 25, of Central Islip. Cops said he fled the scene after assaulting the other motorist, who was not identified. Detectives were led to Parker after a witnesses and the victim both jotted down the license plate number of his BMW. The witnesses also took a cell phone photograph of the suspect, police said.

Parker was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. No one was injured during the crash when Parker abruptly stopped traffic, according to police.

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