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Man arrested in road rage incident; allegedly waved knife at other motorist, police say

April 18, 2018 GMT

A Madison man was arrested Tuesday after a road rage incident in which he allegedly waved a knife at another motorist because of a close call crash going onto the Beltline.

Rusty Swanson, 22, was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct while armed and reckless driving-endangering safety, Madison police said.

The incident happened around noon where Verona Road merges into the Beltline.

The person reporting the road rage incident was a 34-year-old Black Earth man who had his child with him in the car.

“He told responding officers he is a military veteran, and that while serving, he had a car bomb go off in front of his convoy,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “He said that memory is why the incident left him particularly rattled.”


The victim told police both cars were merging from Verona Road onto the Beltline, and came close to each other.

“The other man (Swanson) started waving around what the victim thought to be a handgun,” DeSpain said.

Police located Swanson and discovered the weapon was a knife and not a gun.