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Police: Motorist attacked in road rage incident

Man attacks woman's car as she stops to help, police say

MIDDLETON, Wis. - A motorist's car was struck by another motorist in traffic and then he was attacked in a road rage incident during Tuesday morning's commute, according to the Middleton Police Department.

Police said Theodore H. Melchert, 40, of Poynette, became angry about the driving of another motorist, followed the car east on U.S. Highway 12, and cut in front of the car deliberately striking the car's front quarter panel. The victim lost control of his car and spun out between Parmenter Street and Airport Road. Police said the victim's car came to rest facing the other direction of traffic.

Melchert drove his car into the victim's car twice more before exiting his car and throwing a cup of coffee against the victim's car, according to police. The victim told police Melchert then forced his car door open and assaulted him.

When a woman stopped to help, Melchert climbed on the roof of her car, pried off a windshield wiper and used it to shatter the driver's side window, according to police. The woman was allegedly showered with broken glass, drove away and notified police.

Police said Melchert walked to his nearby employer and was brought back to the scene by work colleagues.

The victim was taken to the hospital complaining of thigh, chest and back pain resulting from the crash.

Melchert was arrested on suspicion of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, hit-and-run causing injury, damage to property and two counts of disorderly conduct.

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