- Patrick Douglas Scruggs, a former federal prosecutor, was involved in an unusual road rage incident on the Howard Frankland Bridge, Florida.
- Scruggs is accused of armed burglary, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, following a confrontation involving multiple drivers.
- The altercation led to significant traffic disruption on the bridge, lasting nearly three hours.
In a startling road rage incident on Florida’s Howard Frankland Bridge, former federal prosecutor Patrick Douglas Scruggs has been identified as the alleged assailant.
The odd sequence of events disrupted the Tuesday morning flow of traffic between Tampa and St. Petersburg significantly.
Patrick Douglas Scruggs, who celebrated his 39th birthday on the day of being identified, is now confronted with grave charges including armed burglary, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The United States Attorney’s Office has confirmed that Scruggs served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division in Tampa from 2012 until earlier this year.
However, further information about his tenure and the reasons for his departure from the Justice Department remain undisclosed.
The chaos began when a 35-year-old man from Tampa, referred to as “Driver 1,” was discovered in an unresponsive state in his car on a southbound lane of the bridge.
Concerned for his well-being, another motorist, a 40-year-old referred to as “Driver 2,” stopped to check on him. It was at this juncture, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), that Driver 1 awoke and collided with Driver 2’s vehicle.
In an attempt to navigate around Driver 2’s vehicle, Driver 1 collided with a third vehicle belonging to Scruggs. This collision reportedly prompted Scruggs to exit his vehicle, approach Driver 1, and allegedly stab him multiple times with a pocket knife after breaking a side window.
Efforts by Driver 2 and his wife to intervene led to Scruggs allegedly attempting to stab them as well, with the couple fleeing the scene before any harm could befall them. Scruggs was arrested by a St. Petersburg police officer who happened upon the scene, leading to a nearly three-hour closure of portions of the bridge.
Subsequent to his arrest, Scruggs was booked into custody and later released, as per Pinellas County Jail records. Attempts to reach him for a comment were unfruitful.
The initial cause behind Driver 1’s unresponsiveness, which seemingly instigated this chain of chaotic events, still remains unclear according to FHP representatives.
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