Road rage fight in Mt. Lebanon leads to assault charges
A loaded handgun fell out of the holster of a Baldwin Township man engaged in a road rage confrontation Tuesday afternoon in Mt. Lebanon, police said.
He made no effort to retrieve the weapon and no shots were fired during the fight at 2:40 p.m. on Fruithurst Drive, where traffic was reduced to a single lane by home improvement contractors, deputy Chief Aaron Lauth said.
Frank Truzzi, 45, was charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats and driving under the influence, Lauth said. He was not charged with any weapon violations because he had a permit to carry the gun and made no attempt to use it or threaten anyone, Lauth said.
Truzzi was driving down the hill and a motorist was traveling in the opposite direction when they approached each other. Neither driver allowed the other to pass and angry words and gestures were exchanged, witnesses told police.
Truzzi got out of his vehicle and was approaching the other motorist when the weapon fell out of his waistband, Lauth said.
Lauth said police believe Truzzi lunged at the other motorist. who responded by throwing him to the ground and attempting to subdue him. As the two men struggled, a passenger in the other motorist's vehicle retrieved the handgun and gave it to police when officers arrived, Lauth said.
Truzzi was taken to St. Clair Hospital for treatment, Lauth said. The other motorist was not charged because police believe he was only defending himself, Lauth said.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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