Man arrested in Taft after road rage accident, threat of violence

TAFT - A man was arrested in Taft last week after road rage turned violent.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the corner of Ash Street and Fillmore at the request of the Taft Police Department on May 27 at about 4 p.m.

Upon arrival, a Taft police officer told deputies the officer was detaining 36-year old Taft resident David Perry.  The Taft police officer also located a pocket knife on the ground in the area. 

Further investigation revealed a 25-year old Bakersfield resident was driving in the area of 10th Street in South Taft behind a slow moving pick-up truck, driven by Perry.

The victim drove past Perry and turned onto Ash Street. Perry rammed the back of the victim’s vehicle twice, said Marc Haiungs, with the Kern County Sheriff's Office, in a press release.

The victim pulled to the side of the road and called law enforcement. Perry fled the area.  While waiting for law enforcement to arrive, Perry walked up to the victim, pulled out a knife, and opened the blade, Haiungs said.

The victim fled.  A short time later the Taft police officer arrived on scene and detained Perry.  Deputies also found a cracked bumper on the rear of the victim’s car and a dent on the front bumper of Perry's truck. 

Perry was arrested and booked into the Taft Jail for assault with a deadly weapon brandishing a weapon.

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