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2 men charged in road rage incident; stopping cars on highway in Norwood

Two drivers are facing charges after a rush hour road rage incident led two men to stop their cars and throw drinks at each other on Interstate 95 near Norwood Tuesday morning, officials said.

A 46-year-old man from Dorchester and a 21-year-old man from Attleboro stopped their cars in the left lane of Interstate 95 northbound near Exit 10 to argue after one allegedly cut the other off and both threw drinks at each other’s cars around 9:25 a.m., State police said

According to statements collected by police, the Dorchester man, driving a 2017 Kia Sportage, cut off the Attleboro man driving a 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The driver of the GMC honked his horn and the driver of the Kia then threw a cup of coffee at the GMC, said State Police Lieutenant Tom Ryan.

The driver of the GMC threw a water bottle in return, which made the driver of the Kia stop and get out of his car while still in the left travel lane. The driver of the GMC then got out of his car “carrying a steel bar,” Ryan said.

“The two operators engaged in a verbal altercation and subsequently got back in their vehicles and left the area,” Ryan said.

A number of drivers who had witnessed the incident called police, and Ryan said a trooper later located and pulled over both vehicles.

“This was a very dangerous situation. Anytime you stop your vehicle in a travel lane its a hazard for yourself and all the other motorists on the roadway. You’re creating an obstruction where there shouldn’t be,” Ryan said.

The driver of the Kia Sportage had a revoked registration, and Ryan said the car was towed.

The Dorchester man driving the Kia was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and received a summons for disorderly conduct.

The Attleboro man driving the GMC Sierra pickup truck was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

Ryan said this type of road rage is rare, but police are seeing it.

Last week a similiar instance occurred between two women in Danvers on Route 128 who stopped in the road and engaged in a physical altercation.

“If you get involved in a road rage type incident, the best course of action is to attempt to diffuse by slowing down your vehicle [and] moving into the right travel lane,” Ryan said. “It’s never a safe situation to stop in traffic unless its an emergency and certainly not ever a good idea to get out of your vehicle.”

Sabrina Schnur can be reached at sabrina.schnur@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sabrina_schnur.

Source: www.bostonglobe.com