It’s common knowledge across the state of Florida that Miami can be a dangerous place to drive, causing high levels of stress and anxiety.
This story isn’t going to help.
In what police are calling a road rage incident, a 24 year old man attacks another in Hialeah, with a bat.
The Friday incident was caught on video, which has now gone viral on social media.
“The problem escalated real quick and I’m feeling really sorry for the way I acted,” said Hector Herrera, 24, who was the man seen swinging the bat, and also charged with aggravated battery with a weapon in the incident. “It was just my instinct.”
When questioned by police, Herrera says an officer was conducing a traffic stop at West 12th Lane and 49th Street.
Herrera says he was trying to get around the traffic stop but Jairo Linarte, 50 didn’t let Herrera merge into the traffic moving around the stopped vehicles.
Police said in the report that Herrera smashed Linarte’s passenger side window with the bat. Herrera allegedly “became enraged when he did not allow him to change lanes.” Herrera is seen using a bat to smash Linarte’s window and then went after Linarte with the bat in the middle of a Hialeah street, according to police and the video.
The officer let the vehicle he had stopped go and tried “to [defuse] the ongoing fight,” the officer wrote.
“They continued to engage in a physical fight until I arrived and broke it up,” the officer wrote.
Also from the report from Herrera’s point of view: “Unfortunately, I had the bat next to me because I just finished playing baseball. I grabbed the bat and I escalated the situation. I feel really sorry because I didn’t have to grab the bat. But in this case, I don’t think nobody can think right.”
An officer stopped the fight but not before police say Herrera hit Linarte’s shoulder during the fight, leaving the man in a sling.
“I was scared for my life,” said Linarte.