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Driver allegedly hits fellow motorist with wrench

Police deem the incident a case of road rage

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem allege a Catasauqua man injured another driver with a wrench in what is being described as a road-rage incident.

Police responded to West Goepp Street and Seventh Avenue on July 9 to investigate a case of road rage. An officer said he found a victim there in a blood-soaked shirt with a cut over his right eye that required stitches, according to court records.

The victim told police that he parked along the curb in the first block of East Third Street about 5:15 p.m. As he parked, he pulled alongside a vehicle driven by Douglas H. Scott Sr., who was stopped in traffic headed west on Third Street, according to records.

The victim alleges that Scott threw an adjustable wrench that hit him in the face while he was still sitting in his car, according to records. He said he called police and followed Scott to West Goepp Street and Seventh Avenue.

Scott was in the area, and the victim reportedly identified him as the man who hurled the wrench. Police said a records check revealed that Scott's license was suspended for a DUI.

It's not clear from court records what may have prompted Scott to allegedly fling the wrench into the victim's car. 

Police charged the 47-year-old with simple assault, harassment, driving with a suspended license and propelling a missile into an occupied vehicle. District Judge Nicholas Englesson arraigned Scott Tuesday evening, releasing him on $5,000 unsecured bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 27.


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