A Uniondale man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he attacked another driver during a road rage incident on the Meadowbrook State Parkway near Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, State Police said.
Police said the suspect had his 2-year-old child in the car with him when he assaulted the victim, breaking bones in his face and his jaw.
Rouson Hinton, 28, of 781 Dale Place, was charged with second-degree assault and with endangering the welfare of a child. He was held for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead. Judge Paul Meli set bail at $25,000 or $12,500 cash. Hinton is due back in court Wednesday.
Police said that 911 callers alerted troopers to the incident at 2:11 p.m. Sunday. A trooper from the Lake Success barracks responded to the scene on the northbound side of the Meadowbrook near Hempstead Turnpike, and found a man behind the wheel of a Nissan who "appeared to be a victim of an assault."
Witnesses told police that the driver of a red Lexus had forced the Nissan off the road, then had exited his car and punched the driver of the Nissan. The Lexus driver then returned to his car and fled the scene, witnesses said.
Those witnesses got the license plate of the Lexus.
The investigation led police to Dale Place in Uniondale and police said troopers were at the residence when Hinton arrived at the home and arrested him.
Police said an investigation found Hinton had his 2-year-old in the car during the attack. It was not clear if the child was a boy or a girl.
Police said the victim was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola to be treated of broken facial bones and a broken jaw.
His condition was not known and his identity was not released.
With Lauren Harrison