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Arrest made in Nashua road-rage incident captured in viral video

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

February 20. 2018 1:24PM
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 made an arrest in a road rage incident that was caught on camera Sunday morning and has since gone viral on social media.

On Tuesday afternoon, police announced the arrest of Ricardo Montanez, 28, of 54a Ledge Road, Hudson. Police charged Montanez with Class A misdemeanor simple assault in connection with the road rage incident. A Class A misdemanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

The incident was recorded by Jennifer Needham of Nashua, who was traveling on Amherst Street shortly before noon Sunday. She used her mobile phone to record the beginning of a road rage incident.(For video, click here.)

The video depicts 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 got out of his car while words were being exchanged and he abruptly pushed the woman; she fell backward onto the snow-covered ground where her head can be seen hitting the snow. The woman is then shown grabbing her head.

“It started off as a road rage incident,” said Lt. Carlos Camacho of the Nashua Police Department. He said no one was injured in the incident.

In an online post, Needham clarified that before she began recording the video, the male driver had initially exited his vehicle and approached the driver’s side window of the woman’s car.

“Not all factors are considered here, just a little crazy to have witnessed it getting to this point,” Needham said in an online post that accompanied the video. “Everyone is always quick to judge the situation, but nobody was there for the full thing, including me.”

Camacho said police have questioned several witnesses and both drivers.

The video has gone viral on Facebook with nearly 165,000 views and about 2,000 shares. People are 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.

Camacho acknowledged that several things went wrong during the incident. He stressed that New Hampshire is a hands-free state and drivers should not be texting or using their cameras while driving.

He also said that whenever drivers are involved in an uncomfortable situation with a disorderly driver or an angry driver that they should first get to a safe and visible location.

“The best thing they can do is notify the police department when it is safe to do so,” he said. “Get in a safe location. Do not confront anybody — especially in the middle of the road.”

Camacho said Amherst Street is typically busy, and it is obvious there were many vehicles on the roadway at the time of Sunday’s incident.

Montanez was later bailed on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in Nashua District Court on Mar. 22.


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



The video has gone viral on Facebook with nearly 165,000 views and about 2,000 shares. People are 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.

Camacho acknowledged that several things went wrong during the incident. He stressed that New Hampshire is a hands-free state and drivers should not be texting or using their cameras while driving.

He also said that whenever drivers are involved in an uncomfortable situation with a disorderly driver or an angry driver that they should first get to a safe and visible location.

“The best thing they can do is notify the police department when it is safe to do so,” he said. “Get in a safe location. Do not confront anybody — especially in the middle of the road.”

Camacho said Amherst Street is typically busy, and it is obvious there were many vehicles on the roadway at the time of Sunday’s incident.

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