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Man threatens fellow driver with machete in road rage captured on film

On Route 85 in north of the country, angry driver attempts to open door of another vehicle while waving long-bladed knife

Screen capture from video of a man with machete who attacked the vehicle of another road user, August 28, 2022. (Twitter)
Screen capture from video of a man with machete who attacked the vehicle of another road user, August 28, 2022. (Twitter)

A driver in northern Israel got out of his car and threatened occupants of a nearby vehicle with a machete, the Kan public broadcaster reported on Sunday.

The outlet aired footage filmed by the threatened driver, showing the assailant drawing the long-bladed knife on Route 85 and yelling at the other driver to open his car door.

The road rage incident apparently developed between the two after one driver overtook the other, Kan said. At some point, the machete-armed driver used his vehicle to block the other car and force it to pull over. He then got out and charged at the other driver while waving the weapon.

At one point, after he walked away and the threatened driver opened his car door to shout that he had called the police. The man ran back towards him but as he tried to close the door, the assailant appeared to wedge the machete blade between the door and frame, leaving several inches of blade poking into the vehicle. He eventually pulled it free and left.

The threatened driver, who was with his wife and son, said he feared for his family’s safety and considered running over the attacker, “but acted with restraint,” Kan reported.

Instead, he filmed the incident and called police.

Israel Police said shortly afterward that a complaint had been filed and action was being taken to locate the suspect.

Kan later reported that the suspect was arrested and taken in for questioning.

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