Exeter man charged with road rage assault had similar incident last DecemberBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2018 8:59PM
NEWFIELDS — An Exeter man is charged with assaulting another driver in the parking lot of Coed Sportswear during a road rage incident, police said.
Joseph Stone, 48, faces one count of simple assault after a scuffle with a worker who had just arrived at the Coed Sportswear Inc. facility at 27 Pleasant St. when he was allegedly assaulted on Oct. 1.
According to a police affidavit, Lt. Michael Schwartz responded to the business at 7:10 a.m. and spoke with the alleged victim, Eric Baron, who claimed that while he was parking his car before his 7 a.m. shift a man in another car — later identified as Stone — pulled up, got out, assaulted him and then drove away.
Baron suffered a laceration to his forehead and was transported to Exeter Hospital for treatment, Schwartz said.
Police eventually tracked Stone down after Baron provided them with his license plate number.
During an interview with police, Stone stated that he put Baron in a headlock and threw him to the ground after an encounter with him on Route 87 a short time earlier, Schwartz said.
Stone claimed that he was traveling northbound on Route 87 around 6:30 a.m. when he noticed a black car following too closely. He told police that the car’s high beams came on just before the driver took a right turn off Route 87.
Schwartz said Stone then turned his car around and followed the car that was behind him.
“As the vehicle was starting to make a right turn into a parking place Stone got out of his vehicle and began to yell at the driver that had been behind him. Stone said he was ‘hot’ and wanted to talk to the other person about their driving. Stone said the driver tried to get out of his vehicle which Stone prevented by holding his door shut. Stone then stepped back and let the driver out. Stone said the driver puffed out his chest in a ‘bring it on’ display. Stone recalled the other driver saying, ‘I’ll kill you,’” Schwartz said in the affidavit.
Witnesses did not report that Baron made a threatening statement, according to Schwartz.
After getting out of his car, Schwartz said, Stone placed Baron in a headlock and threw him to the ground. He then got on top of Baron before being pushed off by one of the shift workers, Schwartz said.
“When asked, Stone said he realized he made a mistake and that he shouldn’t have engaged the other driver,” Schwartz said.
During the interview, Schwartz noticed some cuts on the back of Stone’s right hand and some stains and abrasions on the right knee of his pants.
Schwartz also noted in the affidavit that a review of local records showed Exeter police took a similar report on Dec. 5, 2017, involving Stone. In that case, Schwartz said Stone walked up to a driver sitting in a vehicle and “slapped them after an argument about their driving.” No charges were filed in that case.
Stone was released on his own recognizance and will be arraigned in Brentwood Circuit Court on Dec. 6.