Driving can be fun, but it can also be stressful. In heavy traffic or during an endless road trip, we all get a little testy and impatient. Your best bet when you feel road rage is to take a deep breath and calm down. Road rage is dangerous so take a break if you sense you’re about to lose your cool. One truck driver in Alabama instead chose to run other vehicles off the road, including an ambulance.
The incident happened in Mobile, Alabama when 33-year-old Michael Mack of Baton Rouge used his tractor trailer to run an ambulance off the road. The EMTs had noticed Mack driving erratically and called it in to warn dispatch.
They then decided to turn on their lights and approach the truck slowly in the left lane. This turned out to be a bad idea as Mack veered into the left lane of the two-lane highway and pushed the ambulance completely off the road into the grass.
It was all caught on dashcam video by another driver who was also pushed off the road by Mack. He recorded the ambulance and a pickup truck trying to pass the tractor trailer and being forced off the road.
Police arrived on the scene, but the incident was far from over. Mack blocked the westbound side of I-10 in Mississippi and a standoff ensued with the driver armed with a machete. The whole highway was closed while police tried to get things under control.
The standoff lasted five hours and was finally brought to an end when police used teargas to get Mack out of the truck. He’s now facing a long list of charges.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office is charging him with 2 counts of attempted assault, 5 counts of reckless endangerment, and 3 counts of criminal mischief. Jackson County is charging him with felony pursuit and there are 3 counts of aggravated assault against a police officer from the various jurisdictions he passed through during the incident.
No word on what caused Mack to lose his cool. Since he was deemed a danger to the community, he was not issued a bond. The good news out of this whole situation is that no one was hurt.