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A Florida man was beaten after starting a fight in an incident of road rage, Boca Raton website WPTV reports.
Police allege 23-year-old driver Jason Espeland repeatedly rammed a man’s car in the middle of traffic, the report said. The victim confronted him in a parking lot down the road. Espeland threw a few punches and regretted it.
The victim of the same age — whom police did not identify — replied with a fury of counter punches and kicks, which promptly dropped Espeland to the ground with two swollen eyes and a cut above his brow.
Just before 9 a.m., an arrest report says, a Boca Raton police officer was called to a parking lot where the drivers of a white sedan and SUV were fighting.
When the officer got there, Espeland was in the ambulance. The victim, sporting blood stains and a swollen hand, shared his account with police, according to the website:
He had been driving his white Lincoln Navigator when he moved to the middle lane and cut off a man in a white car.
The driver of the sedan, later identified as Espeland, appeared to be upset — because he rammed the front of his 2013 Hyundai Accent into the back of the Navigator six or seven times at a stoplight.
Espeland then cut into the left lane, sped around the SUV and tried to flee. The victim followed, wanting to write down the driver’s licence plate number.
Espeland pulled into a parking lot and parked. The victim blocked his car into the space so he could call police.
“What was wrong with you?” the victim asked, as Espeland got out of the car. “(I’m) calling the cops.”
“Nothing,” Espeland said, before he started throwing punches.
The victim told police he had no interest in fighting and kept his hands up. But after Espeland threw the fourth punch, he started fighting back.
He punched Espeland twice in the face and took him to the ground. Espeland tried to get up, but the victim kicked him out of fear, because Espeland “had about 80 pounds on him,” the report says.
“Espeland then curled into a fetal position, and appeared to (have) conceded his defeat,” the report says.
Espeland eventually got up and ran to his car. The victim followed and elbowed him in the face, according to the report.
As for Espeland, “I lost my temper,” he said. before describing how the victim then overpowered him.