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Two Arrested in Tuesday’s Road Rage Incident

Suspects charged with assault and battery

Boston Police arrested two men in connection with a road rage incident at the intersection of Comm Ave and Essex Street during Tuesday afternoon’s rush hour.

Rocky Jace, 39, of Providence, R.I., faces multiple charges, including assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, malicious destruction of property, and various motor vehicle violations.

Nick Miller, 42, also of Providence, was charged with assault and battery (injuries) and malicious destruction of property.

The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. According to Boston Police, a police officer near 900 Commonwealth Avenue noticed a sport utility vehicle with a smashed window, driven by Miller, strike a bicyclist, identified as Stephen Lee (CAS’10). Police say the vehicle dragged the bicycle through the red light. Lee was able to leap to safety.

According to police, Jace left his SUV, which was pulled over on the other side of the intersection, with a tire iron, ran through oncoming traffic to Miller’s SUV, and smashed the windshield. Police report that Jace dropped the tire iron as an officer approached him.

Eyewitnesses told officers at the scene that the suspects had been involved in a “road rage fight.” Witnesses stated that Miller smashed the rear and side windows of the vehicle driven by Jace, before Jace used the tire iron on Miller’s SUV.

Officers say both men admitted using weapons to damage the other’s vehicle. The two men told police they knew each other through work.

Jace and Miller were arrested and booked at District D-14 in Brighton.

Lee sustained bruises and scrapes during the road rage incident, but declined medical attention. He told BU Today at the scene that he was so frightened that he couldn’t recall jumping from his bike.

Additional reporting by Art Jahnke and Amy Laskowski.

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13 Comments on Two Arrested in Tuesday’s Road Rage Incident

  • Francesu on 09.15.2011 at 6:43 am

    ‘Bout time they got arrested.

  • Drew Salad on 09.15.2011 at 8:46 am

    Glad to hear that this was resolved. I still find it very interesting that people who knew each other could get into something as bad as this… unless they don’t have good relationships at work.

    And I love the psychology at work at the end there.

  • Joan R. on 09.15.2011 at 9:14 am

    This incident brings to the forefront the larger issue of the intersection at the BU Bridge. This intersection has been terrible for years and now with the bridge construction, it is even worse. The state is paying thousands of dollars for police details and this can’t even control the rage driver’s feel passing through this intersection. Not to mention the helplessness pedestrians and bicyclists feel as they try to traverse several lanes of crossing traffic. The bigger picture must be studied to improve this intersection. What can be done to reduce the traffic and congestion passing through the heart of BU’s campus from Longwood/Brookline into Cambridge? Hiring police details is not the answer. I know traffic studies have been completed and some improvements were made during the Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project but more needs to be done to provide traffic calming to this area, reduce the rage driver’s feel passing through this intersection and make it a safe thoroughfare for the BU and Brookline community. I hope BU will pressure the state to do something before someone is hurt more seriously than this bicyclist.

    • Aaron L'Heureux on 09.15.2011 at 12:00 pm

      I could not agree more. Traffic flow needs to be re-evaluated and at the same time drivers, bikers, and pedestrians need to be more mindful of how crazy that intersection actually is before they do stereotypical-complaint-of-drivers/bikers/pedestrians.

    • zk on 09.15.2011 at 12:52 pm

      Every time I come across the BU bridge on my bike and cross Comm Ave, I think I am going to die.

    • Ror on 09.15.2011 at 6:16 pm

      Welcome to the city

  • Miles on 09.15.2011 at 9:34 am

    Two SUV drivers… shocking.

  • David on 09.15.2011 at 9:50 am

    I’m tempted to generalize about Rhode Islanders, but I’m just glad they’re arrested on such extensive charges.

  • T. Fiedler on 09.15.2011 at 10:04 am

    So these Providence guys “know each other from work.” Makes me wonder what kind of work they’re in where they happen to have a baseball bat and a tire iron handy.

  • Peggy on 09.15.2011 at 12:15 pm

    Miles, David, and T. Fielder … Don’t be so closed minded. It will get you into trouble.

  • Sara on 09.15.2011 at 5:12 pm

    Those men are hardly examples of all Rhode Islanders, David.

    Don’t lump in all of the good with the bad.

  • Albert Do on 09.15.2011 at 11:06 pm

    I’m so glad they got what was coming to them. Take out your anger on the tennis courts, not on a biker.

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