Man jailed after road rage incident in Harrison Township

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 29, 2018



HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Harrison Township man was arrested Jan. 24, the day after it was alleged he had attempted to use his vehicle to assault another driver in an apparent road rage incident.


According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the area of Joy Boulevard and Irwin Drive in Harrison Township at approximately 9 p.m. on Jan. 23 in response to a road rage incident taking place.


The report states that a female driver, who was travelling in the area with her middle-school-aged daughter, was repeatedly harassed by another driver in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. The woman’s daughter used her mother’s cell phone to call 911.


The other driver, later identified as Joshua Books, 27, was allegedly swerving at the victim and attempting to strike her vehicle. When deputies arrived at the scene, Books had turned away to flee, the report states. The victim stated that at one point during the road rage incident Books put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to back into her at a high rate of speed. She made several attempts to get away from him and he continued to follow.


The victim gave deputies a description of the vehicle. In the report, Public Information Officer Sgt. Renee Yax said the victim does not know Books. It’s unclear what set Books off.


“It was random,” said Yax. “She didn’t engage with him; she was in fear right from the start.”


One of the deputies was familiar with the vehicle, as well as Books, who lived adjacent to where the incident had taken place. At Books’ home, the victim and her daughter were able to identify the vehicle.


Deputies attempted to make contact with Books, however, he was uncooperative and refused to exit the home. Deputies impounded the vehicle, at which time Books repeatedly began calling 911 and the sheriff’s non-emergency number. Books harassed dispatchers by refusing to listen and shouted vulgar names at them, according to the report.


On Jan. 24, a report was sent into the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and several charges were issued for Books: one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; one count of reckless driving, a 93-day misdemeanor; and one count of malicious use of telecommunications services, a six-month misdemeanor.


In the report, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham urged 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.”


Books was arrested Jan. 24 and arraigned in 41-B Clinton Township District Court where he was given a $10,000 bond. No attorney information was immediately available. Books is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 7 for a probable cause hearing.