BRISTOL - A city man allegedly assaulted an elderly man after a road rage incident over the weekend, sending the victim to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Donald Ouellette, 45, of 22 Ingraham Place, was charged Saturday with second-degree assault on an elderly person and second-degree breach of peace.
Police on Monday said the incident left an 82-year-old man with a facial injury and a broken hip.
On Saturday at about 7 p.m., a woman approached a police officer who was parked at the Bristol Commons shopping plaza, at 99 Farmington Ave., and said she just witnessed an assault at the Hess gas station. Hess, at 34 Farmington Ave., is across the street from the plaza.
The officer then found the victim at the gas station, where he complained of hip pain and had blood on his face. He told the officer he was driving west on Farmington Avenue when he pulled into the gas station and was confronted by a man, who was later identified as Ouellette. Ouellette, the complainant said, told him that he had just cut him off, but the elderly man didn’t know what he was talking about.
According to the police, Ouellette punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, before driving away. The woman who initially notified the police was able to take down Ouellette’s license plate.
Police went to Ouellette’s home and spoke to him. He acknowledged the incident with the elderly man, saying he was upset because his two children were in the car when the man cut him off on the road, police said.
Ouellette was arrested and later released on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 20.
The elderly man was taken to an area hospital for a broken hip. Police said he had to undergo emergency surgery on Saturday. His current condition is unclear.
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