Jason Parker
Jason Parker

A Central Islip man has been accused of using a baseball bat to smash windows on a car and punching its driver during a road rage confrontation last week.

Suffolk County police said Jason Parker was driving a BMW while tailgating another vehicle eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 57 at 8:30 a.m. April 10, followed the victim to Express Drive South at Exit 62 where the BMW cut off the victim.

The 25-year-old man got out of his BMW, smashed the victim’s windshield and two driver’s side windows before repeatedly punching the victim in the face, police said.

The incident brought traffic to a sudden halt, causing a minor fender bender between two uninvolved vehicles.

Parker fled the scene, but the victim and a witness took down his license plate number and took a picture of him using a cell phone camera, police said. The victim was treated for his injuries at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Parker was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal mischief, assault and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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