A driver allegedly hit another car with a metal wrench in Langford in a case of highway road rage during Thursday’s morning commute, according to police.
West Shore RCMP officers were called to a reported disturbance near the Trans-Canada Highway and Millstream Road off-ramp when they learned an argument took place between someone driving a Honda Civic and another driving a Toyota RAV4 while stopped in traffic.
Things escalated when the driver of the RAV4 allegedly exited his vehicle carrying a large metal wrench and struck the Civic before he getting back into his vehicle and headed toward Saanich.
RCMP advised Saanich Police that the suspect vehicle was headed in their direction.
Saanich officers caught up with the driver near Mackenzie Avenue and Glanford Road, arresting the man for mischief under $5,000 and driving without due care and attention.
The driver’s vehicle was towed from the scene.
No physical injuries were reported, but the arrest briefly caused traffic backups in the area of Mackenzie and Glanford while officers attended the scene.
West Shore RCMP is still investigating the Langford road rage incident and has not released any additional information at this time.
Meanwhile, police in Saanich are investigating another incident of road rage that occurred early Wednesday afternoon, which was captured on video.
Video courtesy of Alana Brown.
In the video, a driver is seen approaching a vehicle parked in front of him in traffic along Burnside Road, the suspect proceeds to grab the individual behind the wheel, punching him.
“We certainly get two to three driving complaints a week that have a context of road rage or a road rage element to them and we investigate them from there,” says Const. Markus Anastasiades with the Saanich Police.
“These types of files we don’t see very often, we don’t see road rage incidents typically escalate to violence, mischief, or damage to property.”
Anyone with information in either the Langford or Saanich incidents should contact their respective police departments.