Police have arrested a man for using a baton to attack another man during a road rage-induced fight in Colwood.
At 1:12 p.m. on Monday, September 30th, a 54-year-old man was driving south on Veterans Memorial Parkway and was being followed closely by the 67-year-old suspect.
After an encounter while driving, the two pulled over on Creekview Lane near Latoria Rd and both drivers got out of their vehicles.
That is when the 67-year-old man allegedly pulled out a baton and began hitting the victim with it several times, thereby starting a physical fight between the two which resulted in injuries to both.
Fortunately, a bystander observed the altercation and called police right away, all the while shouting for the suspect to stop the fight.
RCMP were in the area and arrived within minutes of being called. The 67-year-old man was arrested for assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
Police are now investigating the altercation and considering charges related to dangerous driving as well.
“The responding officer, Cst. Forslund, advised that the bystander’s quick actions and shouting at the suspect definitely played a role in stopping the fight,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar.
“We want to thank the brave bystander who even went a step further and offered the victim shelter in their own vehicle.”
In the wake of this incident, police are reminding drivers not to exit their vehicles if they encounter road rage.
Authorities say the best thing to do is to find a safe public place to pull over and call the police. If pulling over is not an option, drive to the nearest police station and seek help there instead.