PD: Man attacks driver with baseball bat in north Phoenix

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 22:32:19-04

According to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nearly 80% of U.S. drivers admit expressing anger, aggression or road rage at least once this past year.

Court records indicate one of those incidents happened in Phoenix on June 27 near 49th Avenue and Cactus Road, when a man used a baseball bat to smash the window of a car after cutting him off. 

Police report that around 2 p.m. Charles Hightower, 37, was in a traffic altercation and pulled in front of another car, blocking it from moving forward.

Hightower then allegedly came out of his car with a red aluminum baseball bat, yelling at the victim. Hightower punched the driver's side window and then reportedly used the bat to smash the window. Flying glass struck and cut the victim's arms, nose, chin and throat.

The suspect fled the area but was later arrested as the victim was able to give police a license plate number and a description of the suspect.

Hightower has been charged with aggravated assault.