Calgary police have arrested a person after a highway rage incident and are investigating whether or not it was hate-motivated.
The incident, captured on video, came about on Wednesday round 5:20 p.m. when a person was driving his automobile on Bow Path, close to twenty fourth Road S.W. Based on police, a person driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck started tailgating the automobile and honking.
The person within the automobile utilized his brakes and the driving force of the truck bought in entrance of him and got here to a cease on the roadway, police mentioned. The person within the truck bought out yelling and banged his fist towards the automobile earlier than returning to his car and reversing in order that he was behind the person within the automobile.
He then drove in entrance of the automobile once more, stopped, bought out and started yelling “profanity, obscure threats and derogatory feedback,” whereas banging on the automobile window, police mentioned in a information launch.
“The person then referred to as the automobile driver a ‘terrorist’ and said he had an image of ‘Allah and Muhammad’ in his truck, earlier than ripping the windshield wiper off the automobile,” police mentioned.
“The suspect returned to his car and drove away.”
Police say they arrived on scene, reviewed the video proof captured by the sufferer and have been rapidly capable of determine the proprietor of the truck, who was arrested at his house.
Police have charged Alex John Hudson, 27, of Calgary, with mischief to a motorized vehicle. They are saying whereas it seems the altercation started as a highway rage incident, they’re investigating whether or not “hate-motivated bias contributed to the continuing interplay.”
“Incidents the place an individual is focused for his or her race or tradition have a major impression on not solely the sufferer, however the broader neighborhood, as it could possibly impression their sense of security,” mentioned Senior Const. Craig Collins, hate crimes co-ordinator with the Calgary Police Service in a information launch.
“We take these considerations very significantly and work with our numerous cultural and racialized communities to supply assist whereas the investigative course of is underway.”
If the suspect is discovered responsible, a choose can then decide whether or not hate was a motivating issue, which may add to an individual’s sentence.