Rochester Hills man accused of confronting driver with knife in road rage incident

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 5, 2024

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A 33-year-old man from Rochester Hills is facing felony charges after allegedly pulling a knife on a driver during a road rage incident in Macomb Township.

Ryan Borella was arraigned in 41A1 District Court in Shelby Township on one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. Bond was set at $20,000 cash/surety.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened May 18 in the area of North Avenue and 26 Mile Road.

A 63-year-old man from Roseville told police he was driving his SUV on North Avenue when another driver, unable to merge, began driving his truck erratically, passing multiple vehicles in the southbound lanes while traveling northbound. The other driver then reportedly passed the SUV before stopping at a red light at 24 Mile Road, exiting his truck and approaching the other driver with a knife.

The driver said that he and a passenger, a 38-year-old woman, both feared for their safety.

Authorities identified and arrested Borella and recovered a knife in his truck.

Borella did not have an attorney on file at press time.