Jon Hunter of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Saturday after he was accused of intentionally backing into another car during a bout of road rage, news sources report. Hunter, 48, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence, and driving with an expired tag. Hunter was later released from jail after posting a $6,500 bail bond. It is unclear whether Hunter has obtained legal representation.
According to reports, the incident began Saturday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. Hunter cut across three lanes of traffic and “almost caused a crash,” sources say. Hunter and the 33-year-old victim, John Horton, both exited the interstate at West Atlantic Boulevard and stopped next to each other at a red light. While stopped, reports say the men began yelling at each other from inside their cars about what had occurred on the highway.
The light turned green and Horton and Hunter drove off, only to stop near each other again at another red light at the intersection of West Atlantic Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. Horton’s vehicle was directly behind Hunter’s car, and Hunter allegedly put his car in reverse and backed into Horton’s vehicle. Hunter “continued to accelerate to push the victim’s vehicle backward,” reports say.
Hunter allegedly fled the scene when the light turned. Horton dialed 911 and pursued Hunter’s vehicle. Police later found and arrested Hunter in the 2000 block of South Federal Highway. In police custody, Hunter reportedly claimed Horton had kicked his vehicle and that he “retaliated and hit the victim’s car.”
Hunter later told reporters that it was he that was being followed, and he was forced to back up to defend himself. “I turned down that street to get his license plate number and call the police, and then there are all these cops surrounding us,” Hunter reportedly said. “The first one who calls 911 wins.”
Hunter wasn’t the only Broward County resident accused of using his car as a weapon this past week. Veronica Doctor of Hollywood was arrested Tuesday after she crashed her car into a tree while trying to run over her ex-boyfriend, reports say. Doctor, 45, allegedly had over three times the legal blood alcohol limit for operating a motor vehicle at the time. She was booked into the Naples Jail Center on charges of aggravated assault and DUI. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred at the ex-boyfriend’s home on Friendship Drive in Immokalee. After having a few alcoholic drinks at the Seminole Casino, Doctor and her friend drove to the victim’s home at around 2:00 a.m.; Doctor was driving. She allegedly began honking and driving around in the victim’s yard upon arrival.
The victim purportedly went outside to confront Doctor about driving under the influence, but was instead nearly run down by Doctor. The victim fled on foot and dove out of the way; Doctor ended up crashing into a tree instead of the victim. Police arrived and placed Doctor under arrest soon afterwards.