Driving conditions are volatile during the winter, and as it turns out, so are the drivers.
Two cases of road rage have been reported to the Eden Prairie Police Department in the past few weeks, one involving a baseball bat and another a gun threat.
FOLLOWED WITH A BASEBALL BAT
In the first case, the victim was heading south on Highway 169 was cut off by another driver. The victim flashed his high-beams at the driver and honked his horn. The other driver slammed on his brakes and brandished his middle finger out the window. The victim exited the highway and stopped on the side of the road to let the car pass but the man parked and approached the driver's side window with a baseball bat.
The victim then drove away only to be followed. The victim called 911 and when stopped at a light, the other driver got out again and struck the rear driver's side with his hand, leaving a handprint on the rear window. The victim drove away and the other driver was arrested for second-degree assault.
THREATENED WITH A GUN GESTURE
A woman and her child were reportedly being tailgated in Eden Prairie so the woman tapped her breaks to get the driver to back off. The vehicle passed her, stopped in a right turn lane and got out of his vehicle, yelling at the woman. She stayed in her car and drove away.
Both vehicles were stopped at a light when the man allegedly made a gun gesture, pointing his index finger and thumb toward the woman. She called 911 when he told her to drive to the parking lot of a local restaurant. Police were unable to locate the man.
WHAT TO DO IF CONFONTED
If you are confronted directly by an aggressive driver, Eden Prairie police suggest the following:
-Get out of their way; disengage
-Do not challenge them
-Avoid eye contact
-Ignore gestures and don't return them