MPD Cautions Motorists Following Another Road-Rage Incident

Jan 2, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Following another road-rage incident this week, Murfreesboro Police are again urging motorists to avoid similar altercations at all costs.

The MPD says that on Monday 35 year-old Murfreesboro resident Jay Dickens reported a road rage incident on South Church Street. Dickens says he was intentionally rear-ended by a large, white, SUV during an altercation. The other driver then fled the scene.

There have been at least three other road rage incidents in Rutherford County in the last six months. They include a second incident on South Church Street, a multi-car pileup on I-24, and a bizarre incident last summer that involved a driver wearing a joker mask and brandishing a handgun.

The MPD’s Kyle Evans says drivers should do everything they can to avoid these confrontations.

“Don’t engage in verbal bantering with someone. Don’t engage in non-verbal signs, such as flipping someone the bird or other gestures. It’s best just to ignore the other person to the extent possible. Keep yourself safe. If appropriate, call police and let us intervene.”

Evans notes that a road rage incident in Murfreesboro during 2011 resulted in the death of a driver.