Roadrage Driver Charged With Sledge Hammer Attack

POSTED: 10:40 AM Feb 08 2012   UPDATED: 10:46 AM Feb 08 2012
RENTON, Wash. -

The Washington State Patrol says an irate driver apparently whacked a man in the shoulder with a small sledge hammer in a road rage dispute.

Trooper Julie Startup says authorities responded early Tuesday to a report of a two-car collision on State Route 167 in the Renton area. They found a 33-year-old Renton man rubbing his left shoulder.

The man, who was driving a Nissan 300ZX, said he'd been hit in the shoulder by the driver of a minivan.

Startup says the Nissan and minivan drivers described a lane change and some aggressive driving that ended with their vehicles colliding.

Brett Carter of Bothell was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. The unidentified Nissan driver was cited with negligent driving.