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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Road rage incident leads to attack with metal mace

A road rage incident Monday in Spokane Valley ended with two men wrestling for control of a metal mace. According to court documents, a man driving north on Eastern Road got into an argument with the driver of a pickup who ran a stop sign and then pulled in front of him. The pickup’s driver, David J. Hill, threw a lighter at the man, and both got out of their cars, according to records. The victim told police Hill brandished the mace and chased him out into the street while swinging it at him. Hill then allegedly hit the victim several times in the leg with the mace. The fight continued into a parking lot at the corner of North Park Rd. and East Utah Ave. The men wrestled over the mace and “exchanged dominant positions twice.” Two witnesses called 911 reporting a man attacking another man with a mace. A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and found Hill standing over the victim, who had blood seeping through his socks. Hill admitted to grabbing a mace from his truck, but said it was defensive reaction to the victim getting out of his truck. He said he only struck the victim to get the victim to let go of him. Hill was arrested on investigation of assault with a deadly weapon.