Video shows a knife-wielding truck driver and a gun-wielding motorcyclist face off on the road in a wild road-rage collision Tuesday in Florida.
According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the rowdy encounter broke out after 50-year-old Rafael Rivera, who was driving a gray Toyota Tacoma, allegedly cut off in front of a motorcyclist at the intersection of Pine Lakes Parkway and Whirlway Drive.
According to footage released by the sheriff’s office, when both vehicles stopped, Rivera got out of the truck with a knife in her hand and approached the motorcyclist.
Police said the motorcyclist, anticipating a collision, tripped over a pair of brass.
The clip, recorded by the biker’s female passenger, shows the two exchanging abuses in the middle of the road before Rivera stabs the biker in the face.
The motorcyclist – who has a concealed carry permit – then pulls a gun out of the pocket of his vest after “fearing for his life”, police said, and points it at Rivera, the video shows.
“I swear to god put the f-ing thing down right now,” yells the biker on the Riviera, which immediately starts to backfire.
Rivera can then be heard calling the police and telling them, “I had a man point a gun at me,” the clip shows.
Moments later, a Flagler County deputy responded to the scene and detained both men as they investigated the incident, police said.
After reviewing footage taken by the passenger and interviewing witnesses, Rivera was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was taken to Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility where he is being held without bond.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staley said he “appreciated” the way the motorcyclist handled the situation.
“While his life was clearly in danger, he defended himself legally and then defused the situation,” Staley said in a statement. “The offender is lucky he didn’t get shot. I also remind the community not to take traffic enforcement into your own hands and control your anger. Call the sheriff’s office instead.”