Jeffrey Adams of Boca Raton, Florida was allegedly attacked in a road rage incident on March 29 on Palmetto Park Road, sources indicate. The 22-year-old told the press that an unidentified man attacked him after he stopped at a yellow traffic light. Boca Raton police conducted an investigation into the allegations using a briefcase containing an identification card that Adams says he was able to recover fro the attacker’s car. The alleged attacker, whose name and age have not yet been released, has been apprehended on charges of aggravated battery, vandalism and auto burglary. It is not clear whether he has qualified for bail bond or retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to Adam’s testimony, the incident occurred last Thursday at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. Adams says that he was driving his 2002 Ford Taurus down the road, planning on turning onto Interstate 95, when he stopped at a yellow traffic light. He says that at that point, a man driving a 2002 Jaguar FX behind him got out of his car, started cursing, and walked towards the Taurus. Adams says that he leaned out of the open window of his car and flipped the man off, and that in retaliation the man approached further and spat in Adam’s face.
At that point, Adams says, he got out of his vehicle. The man allegedly put his hands around Adam’s neck, then shoved his thumbs into Adams’ eyes. “As soon as I get out of my vehicle, he grabs me by my neck … and starts choking me,” Adams told a reporter. “Then he grabs his thumbs and puts them in my eyes and tries to push my eyes in.”
Adams, who has mixed martial arts training, says that he punched the man in retaliation and that the man fell over twice. He reported that the man then ran back to the Jaguar, opened the trunk and grabbed something. “I thought he had a gun,” Adams told the press. However, instead of a gun, the man allegedly brought a wooden baseball bat over to Adam’s car, smashed a rear-view window, then attacked Adams.
Adams says that he was able to take the baseball bat away from the man, who allegedly ran back to his vehicle and drove off. Before he escaped, however, Adams says that he was able to grab the man’s briefcase from inside the vehicle. The briefcase, which contained the man’s identification, was paramount in helping the Boca Raton police department make the arrest. It is not clear whether any witnesses to the incident have come forward.
“Honestly, I’m not 100 percent sure why he was so mad,” Adams commented afterwards. He suffered only scratches and bruises and did not require medical treatment, although his Taurus’ rear-view mirror was smashed. However, the incident apparently shook him up enough to where he has been asking coworkers for rides. He told a reporter that when he does start driving again, “I’ll be driving like a little old lady.”