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Hudson man arrested in Nashua road rage incident caught on camera

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

February 20. 2018 8:42PM
In this sequence of images taken from video, a road rage confrontation takes place on Amherst Street in Nashua on Sunday. (IMAGES FROM FACEBOOK/JENNIFER NEEDHAM)



RICARDO MONTANEZ

NASHUA — City police have arrested a man who allegedly pushed a woman to the ground during a road rage incident Sunday in the Gate City.

Ricardo Montanez, 28, of 54A Ledge Road in Hudson, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, according to police.

The alleged assault was caught on camera Sunday morning and has since gone viral on social media.

Police say they were called to respond to a motor-vehicle accident shortly before noon on Amherst Street.

“Upon initial investigation it was determined that a minor accident occurred after a brief road rage incident involving the two vehicles at the scene,” police said in a statement. “Officers spoke to all parties involved, and to witnesses.”

The video, recorded by motorist Jennifer Needham of Nashua, was provided to authorities as part of the investigation.

(To view the video, scroll below or visit www.unionleader.com/video/Nashuaroadrage.)

The cellphone video shows a visibly angry female driver getting out of a black Toyota Prius and approaching the driver’s side of the vehicle in front of her — a red Toyota Venza. The male driver of the Venza, now known as Montanez, got out of his car while words were being exchanged and he abruptly pushed the woman, who fell backward onto the snow-covered ground where her head can be seen hitting the snow. The woman is then seen grabbing her head.

Needham posted online that although she only recorded the second portion of the incident, she stressed that the male driver had first approached the woman’s vehicle, but he then returned to his own car before the woman exited her own car and approached his driver’s side window.

Needham's video of the incident can be viewed below:



Police said no one was injured in the incident. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Montanez, who was taken into custody Tuesday morning after the video went viral on Facebook with more than 165,000 views and more than 2,000 shares as of Monday night.

People were being quick to judge both individuals in the video, with some saying the man never should have touched the woman and others saying she should have known better than to get out of her vehicle and approach his car.

Montanez was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, and is set to be arraigned March 22 at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.

Police are urging motorists who may be involved in an uncomfortable situation with a disorderly driver or an angry driver to first get to a safe and visible location, and then to report the incident to authorities.

City police are reminding drivers to never exit their vehicle on a busy roadway, and to never approach someone during a road rage incident.

khoughton@newstote.com


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