An Athens man and a juvenile were arrested by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after officials say investigators were alerted to a video depicting a road rage incident on social media Wednesday.
Law enforcement says one of them resisted arrest when deputies arrived.
Bradley Joe Carter, 42, is charged with disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest. He was released Thursday from the Limestone County Jail on $2,500 bond.
The juvenile male is charged with disorderly conduct.
Carter, who was driving the vehicle, allegedly cut a driver off and then stopped in the roadway, said Stephen Young, sheriff’s office spokesman.
The pair exited the truck and began walking toward the other driver, Young said. The suspects approached the driver’s door and the other driver escaped, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation.
Young said when deputies responded to Carter’s home Thursday to arrest him on the warrants, he resisted the deputies’ attempts to arrest him and was subsequently also charged with resisting arrest.
WAAY 31 talked with drivers about the incident.
“I’ve seen it personally. I’ve been involved in it personally. I have a little bit of it myself, so I know what it feels like," said Joshua Coffman. "But I’ve never acted on it to that extent.”
That’s what Joshua Coffman had to say after watching the video on Facebook.
“My first reaction was ‘Somebody’s about to get hurt,’“ he said.
The person who posted the video gave WAAY 31 permission to share it.
He told us the driver seen in the video, Bradley Carter, had been tailgating him for a while before getting in front of him and stopping in the middle of the road. That’s when he started recording.
“What happens if, instead of a phone, they have a gun? Your vehicle is an extension of your home and you have the right to protect it however you want to," Coffman said.
The man recording got away, avoiding what could have been a dangerous situation, which is something other drivers say they were glad to see.
“Pulling off was probably the best thing that he could’ve done," Jeremy Jones said. "Because that type of stuff there can cause people to get hurt.”
Now, Coffman has a word of advice for anyone who may experience this kind of road rage in the near future.
“Just take a deep breath, back off, and remember, at the end of the day, you want to go home and the people in front of you want to go home, too," Coffman said. "None of us want to end up in the grave that day.”
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