Window shattered in possible road rage incident

By Debbi Baker8:12 A.M.DEC. 16, 2013

NORTH COUNTY — A 32-year-old man had the back window of his car shattered Sunday night on state Route 78 in Oceanside in what appears to be a case of road rage.

The driver, who is from Encinitas, was heading west on state Route 78 east of Vista Way about 7:30 p.m. when a dark, gray Chevrolet sedan pulled in front of him, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The sedan then pulled into another lane and slowed down in an effort to get side-by side with the man who was driving a 2012 Honda Pilot, Bettencourt said.

The Honda driver, however, slowed down and kept his distance from the sedan.

When the cars reached the I-5 exit, the Chevrolet started to take the transition road to the north and the Honda driver accelerated and continued west on SR-78, Bettencourt said.

The man told officers that as soon as he passed the sedan he heard his back window shatter. The driver said he did not see a gun not did he hear a gun shot but he assumed that someone in the sedan had fired at his car.

Investigators found no evidence of a bullet and do not know what caused the window to shatter, Bettencourt said.

The victim had his wife and two small children with him at the time. The family was not injured, the officer said.

The driver was unable to provide a plate number or any further description of the car and only described the sedan driver as a man wearing a flannel shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP at (760) 757-1675.



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