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Farmington man arrested in road rage incident

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — A 28-year-old Farmington man was arrested Wednesday morning on accusations he smashed his vehicle into a Farmington community service officer's squad car during a road rage incident.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said officers were dispatched at approximately 9:06 a.m. Wednesday to the Bloomfield Highway and Browning Parkway after receiving reports of an aggressive driver.

Several witnesses told 911 dispatcher that a maroon passenger car was attempting to strike a black SUV, according to scanner traffic.

Allen said the vehicles sped north on Browning Parkway and then turned east on Main Street toward Aztec.

Allen said a community service officer was parked at a gas station near 20th and Main streets, and the driver of the black SUV parked and flagged her down.

The driver of the maroon vehicle, later identified by police as Joshua Head, also stopped and began arguing with the man in the black SUV, she said.

Head then allegedly got back into his vehicle and smashed it into the officer's squad car, Allen said.

He also allegedly almost struck the driver of the black SUV as he fled the scene.

Head's vehicle was stopped by officers at East Main Street and Hannon Drive, and he was placed under arrest.

Allen said there did not appear to be any prior relationship between Head and the driver of the SUV, a 39-year-old man.

"It just sounds like road rage," Allen said.

Witnesses had initially told 911 that it appeared one of the drivers had brandished a gun during the incident, but Allen said neither driver was found to be in possession of a firearm.

Allen said Head will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a violent felony, one count of aggravated battery upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon, reckless driving and other lesser traffic violations.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.