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Pasco man arrested after Spring Hill road-rage argument

Published May 3, 2013

BROOKSVILLE — A road-rage argument between drivers of two vehicles traveling north on U.S. 19 Thursday resulted in the arrest of Rudolf Wayne Byrne, 39, of New Port Richey, on a charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave the following account of the incident: Occupants of a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu and a 2012 Dodge van exchanged insults and threw plastic water bottles at each near the area in front of Home Depot on U.S. 19. Byrne, the driver of the van, swerved in front of the victim's car causing the vehicles to make contact. The report said that after the woman driving the Malibu came to a stop, Byrne left his van and began striking the driver's door and window with his fist. In fear of being harmed, the report said, the woman drove off and called 911. Deputies questioning Byrne said that he admitted he armed himself with the brass knuckles after being struck in the head by the woman with a water bottle. He also said she had pinned him against his vehicle with her car and threatened a male passenger sitting in the front seat of his van. He was transported to Hernando County Detention Center and later released on $10,000 bail.

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