Road rage suspect arrested

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by Kristine Harrington

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 16 at 11:42 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. - Police have made an arrest in a horrific case of road rage that left a 72-year-old man bruised and battered.

Officers arrested Erik Souther, 26, on Thursday, after receiving numerous tips from Valley residents who recognized him from media reports, authorities said.

“That's definitely the fella,” victim George Ray said he’ll never forget that face. “He had a very deranged look on his face an angry look, a very angry look.”

On April 4, Souther allegedly jumped out of his car at a traffic stop near his home in response to an escalating road rage argument.

Police say, Souther pulled Ray from his car in the 9200 block of West Thunderbird Road around 7:15 p.m. and began to punch and kick him.

“I rolled on to my side and grabbed his ankle next thing I remember I woke up in an emergency vehicle I guess,” Ray said.

The beating left the victim with two brain bleeds, requiring transportation to the intensive care unit.

Shortly after the attack, a 911 call, apparently by Souther, was placed from a nearby Circle K.

“I was just on Thunderbird and saw some older man get knocked out,” said the caller.

“We already have officers there,” said the operator.

“OK is the gentlemen ok because I'm not there anymore,” Souther asked the operator.

Whether that was his conscience getting to him or not, Ray is just glad police finally got to him and now looks forward to his day in court.

“I think my biggest question is why were you that angry,” Ray said.

Souther is now booked into the 4th Avenue Jail charged with aggravated assault, being held on a $50,000 bond.

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