Southampton Town Police are investigating a violent road rage incident in Southampton that sent a Mastic Beach man to the hospital.
According to police the victim was driving a 2012 Ford van eastbound on County Road 39 at around 6 a.m. on Sept. 17 when he noticed the driver in front of him, driving a black Ford 450, was tapping on his brakes for no reason.
Sensing the driver might be upset, the victim pulled onto Hubbard Lane and was at the intersection of Hubbard and MaGee Street when the other driver whipped his vehicle in front of him and jumped out.
The victim got out of his van when he noticed the other driver was carrying a bat. According to the report, he warned the bat-wielding man to calm down, but when he turned to get back in his van, he claims he was attacked from behind and hit several times with the bat. The victim said his attacker hit him so hard the bat broke.
The man suffered cuts to his mouth, but managed to get hold of the bat and his assailant eventually fled.
The victim drove to the nearby 7-Eleven and waited for police to show up. Southampton Village Ambulance Co. took the victim to the hospital with substantial left arm and shoulder pain. The police do not have any leads at this time. The investigation is ongoing.