DPS: Person of interest identified in I-10 road rage crash

Posted at 8:51 AM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 22:19:52-04

Officials say they have a person of interest in a road rage crash that happened Tuesday morning on Interstate 10 west of Phoenix.

The six-vehicle crash happened just after 8:30 a.m. on westbound I-10 near 51st Avenue.  

According to DPS spokesman Bart Graves, a suspect in a Lincoln town car was chasing another vehicle. At one point, the suspect vehicle hit the other vehicle and caused a chain reaction.

Witnesses described the driver as "crazy", and said he was seen ramming into the side of a white pick up truck for miles as they drove down I-10.

Witness Juan Lopez said the driver stopped suddenly in front of him, causing him to swerve and hit cars in the adjacent lane.

"He was swerving, he was going crazy.  He thought he was in a Ferrari or something with his car," Lopez described.

DPS officials said they needed to talk to more witnesses, as they were getting two different stories.

"As you know with road rage incidents involving a number of vehicles and witnesses, it's chaotic. It takes us a while to sort through what happened, who is the aggressor," said DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

No major injuries were reported, but video from the scene showed fire crews treating several drivers.

All lanes of westbound Interstate 10 were closed at 51st Avenue but have since reopened.

DPS officials say the angry driver could face anything from aggressive driving to intimidation charges.

DPS wants to remind all drivers to remain cool, even in this heat.

To avoid being involved in a road rage incident, officials said make sure you comply with traffic laws, don't become emotional when you drive, avoid eye contact with angry drivers, protect yourself from liability with a dash-cam, and always call 911 for emergencies, or if you feel threatened.