CrimeTracker 15: Road Rage Leads to Arrest

Monday, November 24, 2008 --- 1:25 p.m.

***Incident Report from Madison Police Department:***

On Saturday evening, around 7:30 p.m., Madison Police were called to a local hospital following a road rage incident that had ended with one driver being struck in the head with some type of metal weapon.

The victim says he was exiting from the West Beltline onto Fish Hatchery Road when the driver of another car tried to pull in front of him. The victim said he did not slow down for this other driver, and that the other driver then accelerated some more. Eventually he says this other driver cut him off, and then gave him a one-fingered salute. He says the other driver next pulled in front of him and slammed on his brakes, which caused the victim to do the same.

The drivers ended up pulling over and getting into a confrontation. The victim claims the suspect came at him with a police-type baton and struck him in the head several times. The suspect says he was armed with a piece of a metal broomstick, and that he utilized it only after the victim hit him in the shoulder with a baseball bat. The victim says he only went for the bat after being hit with the metal weapon. He says he might have tapped the suspect's car with the bat, but denies striking the suspect with it. The bat was with other sporting equipment in the victim's car, but police could not find the metal weapon used by the suspect. He says he threw it out of his car window following the road rage incident.

The suspect did not call police, and was located because the victim had copied down his license plate number.

Jason M. Humphrey, age 29, Cambridge WI
Mr. Humphrey was arrested and tentatively charged with First Degree Reckless Endangering Safety.

Male, age 47, Madison
The victim suffered wounds to the head and face. Two cuts needed stitches.

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