An Ohio County man spent the 4th of July holiday in the Belmont County Jail, after a case of road rage reportedly led to a deliberate car crash.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they are seeing more and more temper tantrums behind the wheel, and they’re not putting up with it.
It happened on July 4th, just before 12 pm.
Officials say two cars were both southbound on Route 7 near Bellaire, and one driver felt the other was going too slow.
The slower one was in the left lane, so the faster one started passing him on the right, but was so furious, he rammed the slower car off the road, causing an accident.
He was then jailed for felonious assault.
Lt. James Faunda of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told WTRF.com, “If you’re involved in an incident where another vehicle is being aggressive, slow down and back off, or take the nearest exit ramp to get away from that vehicle. Do not engage other drivers because in today’s society you don’t know what could happen, with more people carrying weapons and more felonious assaults occurring on our roadways, you need to protect yourself and your family.”
Between the patrol posts in St. Clairsville and Steubenville, they made 1,158 arrests over the holiday weekend.
There were 19 crashes, 15 drunk driving arrests and 145 seat belt tickets.
Four people were cited for no child restraints, six had warrants out for their arrest, and two were arrested for heroin.