RICHFIELD, Minn. — Police in Richfield say one person was taken into custody after a road rage incident that was caught on a traffic camera Tuesday evening.
According to police, officers and Minnesota State Patrol troopers at 6:16 p.m. responded to the incident at an off-ramp from eastbound Highway 62 to Portland Avenue.
The initial altercation apparently began on southbound Interstate 35W in Minneapolis and ended up at the off-ramp. There, police say the “involved parties exited their vehicles and engaged in a physical altercation.”
Traffic cam video shows several people throwing objects at each other’s vehicles. At least one person is seen throwing a landscaping block from a nearby yard.
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Police say the three involved parties were located and one man was arrested. He was taken to Hennepin County Adult Detention Center on pending assault charges.
The incident remains under investigation by police and the state patrol.
State patrol on aggressive driving
Minnesota State Patrol says while the agency doesn’t specifically track road rage incidents, it does track calls for aggressive driving, which often leads to road rage.
“We’re getting like 10-20 a day,” said Sgt. Troy Christianson. “If you confront them, possibly something could happen. You could get into a fight. Or even worse yet, something else could escalate the situation.”
Christianson says anyone caught in a road rage incident should exit the situation and call law enforcement.
Drivers in Richfield were upset to see the video of the road rage incident Wednesday.
“I think it’s sad that we live in a world where we even have to worry about that or encounter it,” said Beret Mangino. “Appreciate life. It’s not worth getting into a n accident or creating more of an issue.”
“Keep your cool. That’s all I can say,” said Rickey Cotton of Minneapolis. “Keep your cool and don’t let your anger get the best of you.”