Investigators with the Erath County Sheriff’s Department say they have named a suspect involved in a recent case of road rage-turned-assault.
Sgt. Larry Wand said the local agency has identified a person, whose name he would not release, and expects to make an arrest within the coming days for an incident the suspect was involved in during the afternoon hours of Saturday, March 15.
According to the investigator, a complainant reported a confrontation involving another male had occurred on a service road along Interstate 20. Wand said the suspect allegedly threw an item from his vehicle at the victim’s 2007 Ford Mustang while they passed each other on the service road.
“The suspect reportedly threw a metal pin that connects a ball hitch to a receiver hitch. It’s a half-inch thick pin and could very well do some damage, and it did,” said Wand. “It damaged the windshield and the top of the complainant’s vehicle, causing the glass to shatter.”
Wand said the driver of the Mustang immediately called 9-1-1 following the incident and reported that he was injured from flying glass. An Erath County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the area where he met with the victim and gathered details for a report.
The investigator says the complainant thought he knew the other driver and reported that he was traveling in a dark-colored Chevrolet pickup.
“We have a suspect named but no arrest has been made,” Wand said yesterday. “He could possibly face charges of assault and-or criminal mischief.”
Damages to the complainant’s car were estimated to be more than $1,100.
The two occupants in the Mustang, as well as the suspect named in the case, are not residents of Erath County, said Wand. “The suspect is believed to be from the same area as the victim and we think there was some friction between them prior to this incident, but aren’t sure.”