Driver ‘hurls NUNCHUCKS through a van window in violent road rage attack after being accused of texting at the wheel’
- Leonardo Fernandez, 56, was arrested and is facing jail time over the incident
- Nunchucks are a type of stick-like Japanese martial-arts weapon
- ‘Word to the wise, if someone drives you nuts on the road, don’t throw nunchucks,’ police said
Leonardo Fernandez has been arrested and could face jail in relation to a number of charges after the road rage incident.
A Tampa man, whose wrath was raised as a fellow driver accused him of texting and driving, ended the violent road rage attack by throwing a pair of nunchucks.
Leonardo Fernandez, 56, was driving near the intersection of W Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road, in Westchase, Tampa, Florida on Saturday afternoon, when he saw a fellow driver gesticulating at him.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said, in a Facebook post, the other driver had pulled up to the 56-year-old’s white van and had gestured at Fernandez to put his phone down.
The victim told police he believed the man was texting and driving at the time.
Fernadez did not appear to appreciate the other driver’s reminder that texting and driving was illegal and responded with a fit of road rage.
‘Fernandez became enraged and started driving recklessly before both parties were stopped at a traffic light,’ police said. ‘Fernandez exited his vehicles with nunchucks.’
The enraged driver threw the pair of Japanese martial arts fighting sticks at the other driver’s SUV, smashing its rear window. A photo released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office shows the nunchucks in the back of the SUV lying among shards of shattered glass
The Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office said the man could now be facing jail time
The incident left the other driver with a smashed rear window on his SUV
The angered driver then threw the nunchucks, a traditional Japanese martial arts weapon that consists of two sticks connected by a short chain, at the victim’s SUV, police said.
Pictures shared by police show the aftermath of the road rage incident that left the victim’s rear window completely shattered.
Fernandez has been arrested and could face jail in relation to a number of charges, including throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief and violation of probation.
His bond was reportedly set at $8,000.
‘Word to the wise, if someone drives you nuts on the road, don’t throw nunchucks.’ said police.