Road rage is real and alive in many places across the U.S., particularly in South Florida. It isn’t a rare occurrence to see someone get upset while driving down the road or traveling on I-95 these days as approximately 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving based on information provided by safemotorist.com. Not only can road rage lead to reckless driving, but it could cause you to get into an altercation with another driver. Some typical characteristics you might find in a driver who displays road rage includes:
- Reckless or irresponsible driving
- Screaming and yelling
- Becoming physically abusive
- Swerving in and out of lanes
In a recent news broadcast, we are learning that a former deputy chief for the Coral Springs Police Department might have experienced some of these characteristics last Friday as he is now facing criminal charges for allowing his anger to get the best of him.
Although mistakes arise and accidents occur, if you find yourself in an altercation and being charged for criminal offenses, be sure to contact the Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at Leader & Leader P.A. They specialize in criminal defense, are available seven days a week, and are the best at what they do- protecting the rights of those charged with crimes.
How Did the Altercation Arise?
Based on the arrest report, Mark Haydu, 56, who is the former deputy chief, engaged in a crash last week with a 69-year old in a parking lot of a Home Depot. The crash was a minor one and it occurred on 4450 N. State Road 7. After the accident, the victim, who is being identified as the 69-year old, pulled his 2001 Ford Explorer off into a parking space and Haydu blocked him in with his 2015 Chevy Camaro.
According to ABC Local 10 News, Haydu took it upon himself to open the victim’s door and punched him twice in the face. Perhaps his anger could have been attributed to the accident itself, however, Haydu didn’t stop there. Police then reported that Haydu reached inside of the victim’s SUV, removed the keys from the ignition, and placed them inside his pocket. At this point, regardless of who caused the car accident, Haydu committed two separate offenses that are punishable under state law: burglary and battery.
Haydu reportedly also threatened bystanders who witnessed the altercation stating, “You want some too?” Although Haydu retired in good standing with the police department seven years ago, he may want to consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL who can represent him and his case.
Did you know?
Aside from this surprising story, there are some other shocking facts you may have not been aware of regarding road rage and some of those are presented below for you.
- Did you know that 37% of the aggressive driving accidents that occur involve a firearm? In fact, Florida has been named as the state with the highest number of road rage incidents involving a gun for the past few years now.
- Over the course of a seven-year period, there were 218 murders and 12,610 injuries that transpired that were all attributed to road rage.
- Males who are “under the age of 19 are most likely to exhibit road rage.”
While it is understandable to get upset and even frustrated when a carless driver makes a mistake or nearly causes an accident, becoming aggressive and reckless yourself isn’t exactly going to make the situation better.
As you can see from this story, road rage can lead to many things, including criminal charges. And if you have found yourself in a similar predicament where you are now facing a criminal charge, contact the Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys at Leader & Leader P.A. immediately. They can be reached by calling 954-523-2020.