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Road rage suspect showered in white spray paint after attacking driver and smashing window

May 27, 2024May 27, 2024

A road rage incident turned into an ugly spray painting battle between two drivers in Houston, Texas.

Driver, Davis Winston, allegedly threw objects at the complainant's vehicle, according to Harris County Constable Mark Herman’s office.

When deputies arrived, the complainant reported that while traveling northbound in the 24000 block of Kuykendahl Road a driver in front of them was distracted with his phone and failed to maintain a single lane.

While stopped at a red light, the distracted driver failed to progress when the light turned green. The complainant responded by sounding his horn.

Eventually, the two vehicles came to a stop and an altercation broke out.

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The suspect spray painted the complainant's face, and vehicle and broke the back window. The complainant also spray painted the suspect's face.

The suspect was detained and identified as Davis Winston.

Constable Mark Herman said: "David Winston was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail, charged with Felony Criminal Mischief. His bond was set at £1,100 ($1,500) out of the 179th District Court."

It comes as nearly 8 of every 10 U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year, according to a survey released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The behavior could include following too closely, yelling at another driver, cutting them off or making angry gestures.

While that’s dangerous enough, an estimated 8 million drivers engaged in more extreme behavior on streets and roads that might be considered “road rage,” including bumping or ramming a vehicle on purpose or getting out of their cars to confront another driver, the foundation said.

No surprise to sociologists, the most aggressive and aggrieved drivers are young men ages 19 to 39. Male drivers were three times more likely than females to have gotten out of a car to confront another driver or rammed another vehicle on purpose.

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“Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly,” Jurek Grabowski, the foundation’s research director, warned.

The foundation’s findings are based on a nationally representative online survey of 2,705 licensed drivers who had driven at least once in the previous 30 days. The survey was conducted in 2014, but its results are just now being released.

Research indicates aggressive driving contributes substantially to fatal crashes and appears to be increasing, the foundation said in a report based on the survey.

Nearly 9 in 10 drivers saw aggressive driving as “a serious threat to their personal safety,” the foundation said. And more than half of drivers perceived road rage as a bigger problem than in a survey three years earlier.

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