Williamsburg man charged with assault for road rage incident

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williamsburg-police-car-300x131A Williamsburg man was arrested for striking another man during a fit of road rage Wednesday afternoon, police say.

Around 2:40 p.m., Williamsburg Police responded to the 400 block of Lafayette Street for a report of an assault, said Maj. Greg Riley, a spokesperson for the Williamsburg Police Department.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with both parties. The victim reported he was driving his vehicle, turning left onto Boundary Street from Prince George Street, when he inadvertently cut off another vehicle, Riley said in an email.

The driver of the cut off vehicle was identified as 50-year-old William Douglas Chesher of Williamsburg. The victim said Chester was visibly upset and exited his vehicle to confront the victim about the incident. During the confrontation, Chesher struck the victim in the arm, Riley said.

The victim was not injured and did not require medical attention. Chester was released from the scene on a summons for Assault, Riley said.

Wednesday’s incident comes less than two months after a driver pulled a gun on another driver for tapping his brakes while traveling on Pocahontas Trail in Williamsburg.  

In June, another incident of road rage occurred when two people were shot while driving on Route 199. A man and a woman were shot in the head following an altercation at the Mooretown Road overpass, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

Jonathan Ray McDonald, 28, of Spotsylvania, Va., was arrested on June 7 in connection to the shootings. He is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, shooting from a vehicle, shooting at a vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

McDonald’s case is scheduled to be heard in York County/Poquoson Circuit Court on Dec. 8.

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