MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One man was charged with assault for beating a man with a tire iron after a road rage incident Monday night, according to a police report.
Myrtle Beach Police were called to a convenience store around 6:30 p.m. where witnesses said that Adrain Duvell Thomas, 25, of Myrtle Beach got out of his vehicle and began hitting a man with a tire iron.
Witnesses said that Thomas and the victim had left the scene before police arrived. One of the witnesses said that the victim chased after Thomas, according to the police report.
Police found Thomas in the parking lot of another convenience store. Thomas told police that the incident happened because the victim cut him off on the highway.
The officer went back to where the incident occurred to speak with the victim. The victim had a severe laceration to the back of his head, bruising to his left arm, right knee and left hand.
The victim declined EMS several times.
According to the police report, Thomas and the victim live near each other. Thomas seemed to know the victim, but the victim did not know Thomas.
Thomas was charged with assault and battery in the first degree and transported to Myrtle Beach Jail.
Assistant CCU Psychology Professor Andrew Terranova explains road rage can stem from how a person's perspective changes while in a car.
"People will kind of lose themselves in their cars. There's a sense of... not necessarily consciously but anonymity in your car. You don't usually.. you are probably not going to run into that person again."
Terranova says this is what causes people to do things they normally wouldn't and explains road rage is a reactive or hostile type of aggression and it all comes down to how you choose to react.
"Stop and think and put things in perspective. in the end its just being cut off."
Terranova wants drivers to remember others may react to problems on the road differently.
He says if you are confronted by an aggravated driver you should stay in the car and call police.