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Las Vegas man hospitalized in road rage rock-throwing

Posted at 3:31 PM, Mar 06, 2018

A pair of Las Vegas men are facing misdemeanor battery charges after a traffic fight ends with rock throwing and a barrage of punches.

Las Vegas police say the altercation happened near Cabana Drive and Desert Inn Road just before 6 p.m. Monday.

Michael Tuckman, a Marine Corps Veteran, said he was on his way from the store when he stopped at the traffic signal about 100 feet from the intersection.

Tuckman says at least two impatient drivers passed him in the bike lane while waiting for the light to turn green.

Tuckman says moments later a man approached his passenger window requesting to get around him to turn right.

"I told him that's the bike lane and he needed to wait for the light to turn green," said Tuckman.

Tuckman claims he was rolling up his window when the rocking came flying in his vehicle.

"I didn't see it coming," Tuckman recalled. "He grabbed the rock off the ground and it came through the window and hit me in the head," he said.

"I hit the curb because I couldn't see the gas," Tuckman said. "I had to get the blood out of my eyes," he said.

Tuckman says he called 911 and followed the vehicle as it sped away. It eventually stopped a short distance later and Tuckman says he confronted the rock thrower.

"He was actually the passenger in the car, his wife was driving and he had two small children in the car with car seats in the back," said Tuckman.

Las Vegas police cited both men for battery.

Police say the other party claimed Tuckman was slamming on his brakes just before the rock throwing altercation.

Police also said the other party feared Tuckman had a gun and the rock was thrown in self defence.

Tuckman says he is normally armed but he was not during the traffic altercation.

"With the situation I was in, there is nothing I would've done differently," said Tuckman.

Both men now have to answer to a judge.