Three men were arrested after an incident of LA road rage turned into a brutal freeway beating. The violent California attack was captured on amateur video. KNBC-TV reports that victim Jerry Patterson was thrown to the ground and kicked in the head and subsequently arrested because he had failed to appear in court on another roadside rage confrontation. Patterson had been involved in the highly-publicized June roadside beating and another incident in May 25 as well, according to comments from California Highway Patrol comments officer Ming Hsu republished on The Blaze. The two road rage incidents do not appear to be related. Hsu also stated the individual who recorded the roadway fight remains unknown.
Law enforcement officers arrested David Mendez 21, and Edras Ramirez, 27, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after they turned themselves in this week. The video of the LA road rage incident shows the pair of men kicking Patterson in the head after he was on the ground went viral shortly after it was posted on the Internet. The alleged victim told KNBC-TV that the roadside fight in Los Angeles began because he “accidentally cut off” the suspects on the freeway. Patterson also maintains that the men followed him “for a time” before stopping in front of his car and initiating the physical altercation.
“Twenty-20 hindsight, I probably should have called the police,” Patterson stated. “I’m just not that kind of person. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams it would escalate to where it went to.”
Patterson told the local news station that he suffered a concussion during the LA roadway beating and he cannot remember much of the incident. James Poole was the man Patterson allegedly engaged in a road rage confrontation with in May, according The Blaze. Poole told KNBC-TV that he noticed Patterson “driving recklessly” and started to follow him. Poole claims that Patterson pulled over and started to “argue with him” and then punched him.
“I wouldn’t let him get back in his car. I demanded his drivers license number and a lot of people started seeing us yelling and screaming at each other,” Poole told the local news station about the LA road rage altercation. He further maintains that Patterson hit him while he was looking at the driver’s license.
Warning: The video contains violent images.