Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bellevue man arrested in road rage incident

Charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon filed

Express Staff Writer

A Bellevue man faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for an alleged road rage incident on U.S. Highway 93 south of Shoshone over the Labor Day weekend.

Oscar Suales-Carrilo, 20, is accused of using his black Ford F150 pickup to strike a white Chevy Colorado driven by 21-year-old Luis A. Agustin-Agustin, of Burley. According to Idaho State Police, the men engaged in a car battle at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, after an earlier altercation at a dance in Jerome.

"Both drivers are now in custody, and both drivers are being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon," Idaho State Police Trooper Kevin Haight said Tuesday.

He said both men also face charges of failure to purchase a driver's license, and Agustin-Agustin is further charged with DUI. Both men were being held Tuesday in the Jerome County Jail.

The alleged car battle led to Agustin-Agustin's vehicle being forced off the highway and rolling, Haight said. Agustin-Agustin was transported by helicopter to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was treated and released the following day. He was then arrested.

Suales-Carrilo was arrested later after ISP tracked him down.

"This wasn't an accident," Haight said. "It's a classic case of road rage, but fortunately it doesn't go this far most of the time."

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