An Avon Lake man was hospitalized after a local man reportedly hit him in the shoulder with a baseball bat in connection with a suspected road rage incident Thursday.
"He was treated at the hospital," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said about the 30-year-old victim.
The suspect, Steven L. Moore, 36, of 5635 Fayette Road, New London, was charged with felonious assault in connection with the incident outside of New London.
"The defendant's wife (earlier) was involved in a verbal altercation at McDonald's in New London. That involved some guys driving a U-Haul truck," Christophel said.
Mary L. Moore, 35, was in the drive-thru with her teenage daughter about 20 minutes before the suspected assault.
"A large truck comes beside her and nearly runs into her vehicle," said Chief Deputy Ted Patrick, of the Huron County Sheriff's Office.
"She yelled at the driver, thinking he was too close to the car," Patrick said. "They both began yelling at each other."
Moore returned home.
"She told her husband about what happened," Christophel said.
Patrick said Moore's husband became upset because their daughter was in the vehicle at McDonald's and the Moores decided to track down the men in the truck.
"They drove back to New London in separate vehicles," Patrick said. "(Moore) spotted the truck on (Ohio) 60 just south of New London Section Line Road."
The wife changed lanes in order to get in front of the U-Haul truck. The truck driver wasn't able to slow down in time and the two vehicles collided head-on, Patrick said.
"There's no indication how fast they're going," the sheriff's spokesman added. "They both get out of the vehicles and started yelling at each other."
Steven Moore "came upon the scene" and reportedly used a baseball bat to smash the driver's side window of the truck and hit the victim/driver in the shoulder at least once, Christophel said.
Moore was arrested at the scene and charged with felonious assault. He was released from the Huron County Jail late Friday afternoon, having posted a $10,000 bond.
If convicted of felonious assault, he faces two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.
Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 8:04 p.m. about the assault in the 1500 block of Ohio 60 outside of New London. Patrick said it's unclear who made the call.
Sgt. Chuck Summers responded with the New London Police Department.
"New London P.D. arrived first, followed by the sheriff's office," Christophel said.
The victim and his passenger, a 25-year-old Brook Park man, both went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
"They were both taken to the hospital and treated for injuries," said Patrick, who had no further information.
Police Sgt. Joe Hicks, who called the circumstances of the crash and assault "bizarre," said New London officers didn't investigate the incident and were at the scene for assistance. He referred further questions to the sheriff's office.
Moore's wife was charged with reckless operation.