Man charged in second road rage incident

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 28, 2018



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MOUNT CLEMENS — A Harrison Township man, who is already facing charges for an alleged road rage incident in January, was arrested a second time for the same crime following an altercation with another driver in Mount Clemens Feb. 22.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the area of Groesbeck Highway and Elizabeth Street in Mount Clemens at 9:30 p.m. on a report that the driver of a black SUV was attempting to strike a silver Lexus.

The report states that the 32-year-old male driver of the Lexus contacted 911 stating he was in fear for his life. The caller stated that the driver of the black SUV repeatedly tried to strike his vehicle, and at one point, when the Lexus driver pulled off onto the shoulder of the road, the driver of the SUV made a U-turn into oncoming traffic and drove directly at the Lexus, “attempting to T-bone it,” according to the report.

The driver of the Lexus was able to drive away and no collision occurred.

Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Renee Yax indicated that it is believed that the incident started over loud music in one of the vehicles.

Responding deputies located the black SUV and initiated a traffic stop.

The 28-year-old driver, Joshua Books, of Harrison Township, was taken into custody and lodged at the Macomb County Jail. Books was charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony, and one count of reckless driving, a 93-day misdemeanor.

He was arraigned Feb. 23 in the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township and given a $150,000 bond. Books was scheduled to be back in court March 5.

The Mount Clemens incident wasn’t Books’ first arrest involving road rage.

On Jan. 23, Books was allegedly involved in a similar incident with a female driver in the area of Joy Boulevard and Irwin Drive in Harrison Township. In that case, Books, driving a black Chevy Tahoe, attempted to strike the woman’s moving vehicle multiple times, and even put his vehicle in reverse in order to back into her at a high rate of speed. The report states that the woman, who was traveling with her young daughter, made several attempts to get away from him, but he continued to follow.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Books had turned away to flee the scene, though they were able to make contact with him at his home in Harrison Township. There, Books reportedly became combative and harassed 911 dispatchers. He was arrested the following day after a warrant authorization from the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was then charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless driving and malicious use of telecommunications services, which is a six-month misdemeanor. Books was given a $10,000 bond at that time.

Following the first incident, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham issued a statement urging anyone who feels they are a victim of road rage to not engage with aggressive drivers.

“Do not make eye contact with an aggressive driver and maintain focus on driving,” he said in a statement. “If you can put distance between yourself and the aggressive driver, do so carefully. If you feel you are in danger, call 911. Do not go home, but rather, drive to a police station or someplace very public to get further assistance. You never know what another driver has with them or is capable of.”

Court officials stated that Books has requested a court-appointed attorney. None had been assigned at press time.