Two men with weapons duke it out in the middle of a traffic jam in Austin. Cell phone video captures the violent road rage that has quickly gone viral.
Austin Police are aware of the incident that happened this afternoon on I-35 and Slaughter Lane. They are hoping people will think twice before acting aggressive.
It looks like a scene out of a movie.
"That's epic; that's newsworthy," says Matt Ferguson, Austin native
A confrontation quickly escalates on I35 and Slaughter Lane on Monday afternoon. You see a man strike the door of a truck with a baseball bat. That driver immediately jumps out as if he were ready to fight but quickly goes back into the truck to put it in park. Then he walks toward the man, later reaching into the truck-bed to pull out a wooden rod.
From there, the battle begins with both men wielding their weapons. They hit each other back and forth for about 15 seconds.
"I mean, I've lived here my whole life and I've never seen anything like that before. It really is shocking. I don't know what I would do if I saw something like that," says Ferguson.
The incident was reported to the Austin Police Department. Interesting enough, they don't track road rage because it's not a criminal offense. Instead, depending on the situation, they would see if it falls under another category, such as assault.
"Yelling at someone is one thing but when someone produces a weapon, it definitely makes the situation a lot worse. Most times when a weapon is used, it's a felony. If a weapon is displayed, it may be a higher misdemeanor charge and that's definitely something we want to shy away from, showing any kind of weapon. Show that you're a bigger person. If you get mad, just cool down," says Officer William Costello, Austin Police Department.
Officer Ferguson says there are ways to keep a situation from getting out of hand. They want to warn drivers to stay calm.
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