Man held in attack on a big-rig driver

Incident suspected to be road rage

Sun-Star staffMay 7, 2013 

A 37-year-old man was taken into custody recently after he was accused of attacking a big-rig driver during a suspected road-rage incident, authorities reported Monday.

Merced County sheriff's deputies say David Lee Hauff faces a felony assault charge in the incident on East Mission Avenue near Highway 99 late last month.

Authorities say Hauff left the scene but was arrested May 1 after a follow-up investigation by deputies. He was booked at the Merced County Jail, but was released after posting bail.

The truck driver reported that he'd left Save Mart's Vassar Avenue warehouse and was traveling down East Mission about 5:30 a.m. April 23 when he noticed a silver truck driving behind him, flashing his high beams, according to sheriff's Detective Aaron Rosenberg.

The big-rig driver told authorities that the other driver went around the truck and pulled in front of it. The big-rig driver thought the motorist might have been flagging him because of a mechanical issue, Rosenberg said, so he pulled over.

Street confrontation

Both drivers exited their vehicles, and the big-rig driver said the other driver claimed to be tired of big rigs taking up space on the road. A verbal argument erupted, followed by a struggle, Rosenberg said.

The big-rig driver returned to his vehicle and called 911.

Rosenberg said the other driver then walked over to the victim, who was seated in the cab of his truck with the door open, and hit him in the thigh with some type of chrome object.

The other driver took off, but deputies later identified Hauff as the attacker and made an arrest a little more than a week after the incident, Rosenberg said.

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