BRANDON — Charles Mabry Jr. was driving a Nissan on Monday morning when he neglected to use his turn signal. That did not sit well with Cheng Hsieh, an air conditioning business owner who kept a stun gun and a baseball bat in his Mercedes.
According to deputies, the two men began yelling at one another. Hsieh, 41, criticized Mabry's failure to abide by the rules of the road. Mabry, 29, did not appreciate the input.
When they got near Heather Lakes Boulevard and Barmere Lane, the two men stopped in the road and got out of their vehicles.
Authorities say Hsieh armed himself with the stun gun and walked toward Mabry, who started to leave, then put his vehicle in reverse and tried to strike Hsieh, who was able to jump out of the way.
Mabry then drove his car into the driver's side door of Hsieh's Mercedes.
It wasn't over. Hsieh fetched his baseball bat and struck Mabry several times in the head, face and arms, deputies said. Mabry was taken to Brandon Hospital.
Deputies arrested Hsieh on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail Monday.
Hsieh has two previous arrests, including disorderly conduct and domestic battery.
A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said charges also will be filed against Mabry, who has seven previous arrests, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer, dating to 2000.
In 2004, authorities said he rammed a Polk Sheriff's Office squad car that was pursuing him for driving the wrong way on U.S. 301. He got out and fled on foot. When a police dog ran after him and bit him on the arm, Mabry pulled out a knife and stabbed his own throat.
At the time, neither additional deputies nor a Taser could subdue Mabry.
Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jodie Tillman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3374.