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Road rage leads to baton beating

GREENFIELD — Road rage and a collapsible steel baton landed a man in the emergency room this weekend.

Greenfield police are investigating the incident that occurred overnight Saturday into Sunday, with few details available.

Sgt. David Rice said apparently one vehicle was driving too slowly and another was following too closely as they headed north on Bernardston Road.

The man driving the vehicle in front, described as a white Lexus, stopped and got out, as did the other man. An altercation ensued and the driver of the Lexus allegedly struck the other man in the head with an expandable baton.

Telescoping steel batons similar to those carried by police are commercially available, and Rice said they are legal to carry.

Rice said the man had a cut on his head and took himself to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where Greenfield police found him at 12:39 a.m. Sunday.

The report came in indirectly through Shelburne Control regional dispatch, which does not cover Greenfield, and the alleged victim was taken away for tests while being interviewed by police in the hospital, Rice said, leaving many details to be determined.

Police do not have a suspect at this time.

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