Officials: Jason A. Erny, 49, allegedly struck and injured another driver with a baton.
The New York State Police arrested Jason A. Erny, age 49, of Massapequa, NY, for Assault 2nd degree (D-Felony), Criminal Possession of a weapon 4th degree (A-Misd) and Menacing 2nd degree (A-Misd).
An investigation revealed that Erny was operating a 2016 Dodge Charger when he was involved in a road rage incident with a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu that originated on the westbound Ocean Parkway, east of the Jones Beach tower in Wantagh, NY. The incident started when Erny attempted to enter the Parkway from the left entrance ramp and allegedly drove into the path of the Chevrolet.
The incident continued as Erny pulled in front of the Chevrolet and stopped in the right lane of traffic. Both operators exited their vehicles with Erny armed with a retractable baton. An altercation ensued where Erny struck the other driver with the baton and caused non-life threatening injuries. Erny subsequently returned to his vehicle and fled the scene.
Troopers patrolled to Erny's residence where he was taken into custody.
The other driver was not charged.
Erny was arraigned at Nassau County First District Court.
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