Yorktown man charged following road rage incident in Newport News

Image Credit: Newport News Police
Image Credit: Newport News Police

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Yorktown man is facing charges for an alleged Oct. 14 road rage incident.

Newport News police say officers were called to an area near Industrial Park and Jefferson Avenue at 2:51 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

The road rage incident allegedly began around Jefferson Avenue and Interstate 64 between the drivers of a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup and a 2006 Acura.

Police say an object was thrown from the Acura to the Dodge during the incident.

Ryan Patrick Rhodes, who was a passenger in the Acura, has been charged with shooting or throwing missiles at a train, car or vessel.

Police say there are differing stories from the drivers of each car regarding what happened. The driver of the Dodge was allegedly tailgating the Acura, honking and throwing his hands in the air.

The driver of the Dodge said Rhodes threw his hands in the air and told him to stop when the two cars were side-by-side.

According to police, the driver of the Acura called 911 because she didn’t feel safe. She reported that the driver of the Dodge was punching his fist into his hand motioning that he wanted to fight.

Police say the driver of the truck said Rhodes got of the car at some point and that he also threw something at his truck. Responding officers reportedly found a small mark as well as an unknown substance on the truck.

Rhodes, 19, was taken into custody after police heard statements and saw the physical evidence on the truck.