Road rage incident on I-75 leads to arrest, deputies say

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 5:16 p.m.

When a driver cut him off on Northwest 39th Avenue near the southbound Interstate 75 ramp, a Gainesville man chased the vehicle and later smashed it with a metal pole, according to a report.

Joshua Wojnarwsky, 27, was driving west from Santa Fe College around 6 p.m. Wednesday heading to the southbound highway ramp when another vehicle pulled in front of him, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office report.

Wojnarwsky tailgated the other vehicle onto the interstate before speeding up next to the car and making hand gestures at the occupants, the report states. He then pulled in front of the other car and began slamming on his brakes, and the other vehicle struck it from behind.

Both cars pulled onto the shoulder and Wojnarwsky got a metal pole out of the trunk of his car and began smashing the driver's side window of the other vehicle and yelling for the two people inside the car to get out, the report states. He also grabbed and bent the car's windshield wiper.

When the two people in the other car called police, Wojnarwsky got back in his car and drove off. One of the people in the car took a video with his cellphone of Wojnarwsy as he was leaving the scene.

Authorities found Wojnarwsky at his apartment at The Polos off of Williston Road. He was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault and one charge of criminal mischief, a felony and misdemeanor, respectively.

In Florida, assault does not require any actual physical contact with the victim. “Intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so” is enough, according to the Florida statutes.

Wojnarwsky told deputies that he has a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and is seeking treatment for it, according to the report. Gainesville Police Department records show he has had other incidents that could be PTSD-related, but no prior criminal charges were found.

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