ROUND ROCK, Texas - A man is behind bars after crashing into several cars on I-35 and then barricading himself in his truck near US 79. Round Rock police report that it appeared to be a case of road rage.
There are no reported injuries at this time.
“If someone barricades themselves in their vehicle then that's probably going to turn into a SWAT situation,” said Round Rock Officer Marciano Garza.
37-year-old Craig Allen Henry was arrested late Thursday in connection to the road rage incident. According to police, Henry crashed into several people intentionally while heading south on I-35. Henry eventually wrecked into the ditch in between the interstate and 79 where he barricaded himself in the truck. He was forced out by SWAT, Austin police also responding to the incident.
According to Garza while road rage cases to this extent are rare, road rage in general can be common especially on I-35.
“Unfortunately it is. We have a lot of congestion on that highway and when people are tired or if they are already angry their mind is not on their driving and tempers start to flare," Garza said. "That's when you get into disturbances aggressive driving and road rage incidents."
Garza said you should always be aware of your surroundings while on the road and pay attention to the behavior of other drivers especially angry ones.
“Swerving, following too closely, obscene gestures, cursing drivers who are made or in an angry state you want to avoid people like that,” said Garza.
If you do find yourself in a road rage incident it's best to keep your distance and get a description.
“If you do encounter someone like that don't confront them, don't argue with them, just call 911 and let the police handle it,” said Garza.
Henry is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a public servant.