A motorist who felt he got "cut off" by a vehicle entering I-24 in Brainerd wound up getting in a road rage brawl with the other motorist near the Fourth Avenue Exit on Friday.
It also resulted in the arrest of Joseph C. Koehler, 42, of 619 Texas Ave., Signal Mountain. He was charged with assault.
The other driver, Alexander Martin Nicolou, 32, of 3501 Angela Lane, was not charged in the fight. However, he will have to go to court as a witness in the case and over an old seat belt violation.
Nicolou said he had to ride the edge of the road as he was trying to merge into heavy traffic at Germantown Road. He said he finally forced his way in.
Koehler was the driver of the car he got in front of, and he took offense. The pair engaged in road rage antics, including "hand gestures, verbals and aggressive driving," as they went down the Ridge Cut.
A witness said Nicolou, driver of a Silverado, continued to "brake check" Koehler.
When the heavy traffic came to a stop at the bottom of the Ridge Cut, police said Koehler got out and went up to Nicolou's vehicle. Police said he punched Nicolou multiple times as he sat in his vehicle.
The pair were later seen on the ground going at it beside Nicolou's truck as freeway traffic filed by.
When police arrived, Koehler was bleeding from the nose and had abrasions on the right side of his head. Nicolou had abrasions to the left side of his head and blood on his right hand.
Both men declined medical attention.