MANCHESTER No character style: — A Goffstown man was charged with assault Tuesday morning after a police officer saw him punching the driver of another vehicle.
A police officer patrolling Brown Avenue reported seeing the first of two vehicles southbound in the left travel lane stop opposite the entrance to Pine Island Park.
Officer Robert Harrington said the second vehicle, a pickup truck, pulled up behind the Subaru.
Harrington said Keith Hoyt, 46, of 9 N. Mast Road, approached the driver’s side door of the first car, open the door and start punching the driver.
“I wasn’t the aggressor,” said Paul Berger, 35, of Epsom. “I had to take two punches to the head.”
Harrington said Berger got out of his vehicle and started to engage with Hoyt, but the officer separated the two men.
Berger said he got out of his car, but didn’t have a chance to really respond before the officer arrived on scene.
While Harrington said his investigation indicated it was the result of a road rage incident, with the two vehicles maneuvering for position on Brown Avenue, Berger had a different take on what happened.
He said he was being tailgated by a truck with “two tough guys” in it. As for what set Hoyt off, Berger said he did change lanes.
He said he finally stopped his car because, with his young child as a passenger and rainy conditions, he didn’t feel safe trying to speed away from the truck.
Police said Hoyt also had young children in his truck.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Berger said he was still shaken by what happened, including the blows to his head.
But speaking of Hoyt’s arrest, Berger said: “I don’t feel good about this.”