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Driver punched in the face in New West road rage incident

New Westminster police seek public’s help in identifying suspect in road rage incident on 20th Street on morning of Saturday, July 9
New Westminster Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident on 20th Street on July 9.

New Westminster police are seeking dash-cam footage connected to a recent road rage incident on 20th Street that saw a victim get punched in the face.

About 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, police received a call from someone saying their friend had been assaulted. The witness said that as his friend was driving down 20th Street near Eighth Avenue, where they both witnessed the driver of a black Mercedes C300 driving erratically and cutting off numerous vehicles.

“The driver of the Mercedes then blocked both lanes of traffic, exited his vehicle, and punched his friend in the face,” said a NWPD press release.

Police aren’t aware of any interaction between the drivers prior to the assault, but note there is no acceptable reason to exit a vehicle and assault another driver.

The New Westminster Police Department is asking for anyone with dash-cam footage in the area of 20th Street near Eighth Avenue, around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, to contact police.

“This type of behavior is not acceptable in our community,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt.  Sgt. Justine Thom. “This heightened level of emotions on our roads is not safe. We’re working to identify this driver and we’re asking the public to help us do that by passing along any relevant dash-cam footage.”

The driver is described as a white male, 5'8" tall with stubble on his face, medium build, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a black over the shoulder bag and backwards black ball cap.

If you have information or dash-cam footage that can assist in identifying this driver, call 604-525-5411.


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