CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Suffolk County man pleaded not guilty Monday in connection with an alleged road rage incident on the Long Island Expressway.
Jason Parker, 25, was charged with criminal mischief, assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after he smashed another driver’s windows with a bat and punched him in the face last Wednesday, police said.READ MORE: New York State Legislature Votes To Curb Gov. Cuomo's Emergency Powers
The incident happened on the expressway near Exit 62 in Holtsville during the morning rush, police said.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, Randy Solis, an 18-year-old college student, told police in a statement that he changed lanes, and then “saw a white car coming up fast behind me…riding my bumper… crazy close to my bumper.”
Solis said Parker chased him for miles in a BMW – four exits – until Nichols Road. When Solis got off the expressway there, police said Parker followed and then cut him off, causing a minor wreck between two other vehicles.
That was when Parker came out with an aluminum baseball bat, police said.
He “swung it at the front windshield and smashed it…then smashed the driver side window…yelling and cursing (then)…jabbed the bat into my face,” Solis said in a statement.
Solis said he was able to wrestle the bat away from Parker.