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Dashcam helps Las Vegas troopers find driver in apparent road rage

Posted at 9:57 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 14:09:30-04

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper used dashcam video to track down a driver who was seen slamming on the brakes and swerving toward another vehicle in an apparent act of road rage.

The entire ordeal was caught on Trinity Guzman's dash cam as he drove on U.S. 95 near Eastern Avenue Tuesday.

"The only reason I even noticed him is because he was right on my butt," Guzman said of the other driver. "He just spun around wide right and in the video you see him come back into the frame."

The 42-year-old said he didn't panic at the first aggressive move.

"I had so much distance," Guzman said. "I actually wasn't worried."

But when the other driver is seen coming to an almost complete stop directly in front of Guzman's vehicle forcing him to swerve into the emergency lane, Guzman said he had to act quickly.

"If I had overcorrected to the left, I would have run right into the concrete barrier, and to me, that is what the goal was," Guzman said.

Even after forcing an evasive move, the video shows the other driver wasn't ready to drive away as the truck pulled back in front of Guzman in the emergency lane.

"That one it felt he was trying to ram his vehicle into my vehicle," Guzman said.

Guzman says he initially wasn't going to report the incident until he got home and watched that video.

"I'm not really that type of person. I don't go out of my way to cause trouble for other people, but because it was such a dangerous situation," Guzman said. "I fell if I hadn't been perfect. If I had made any mistake I could have been killed my wife could have been killed."

Troopers quickly acted on the video, using the personalized license plate to track down the owner who they say admitted to being behind the wheel.

The driver was cited for reckless driving, impeding traffic and changing lanes without a signal.

Troopers say the dash cam video was the key to being able to write the ticket and said more drivers should consider having them installed to protect themselves on the road.