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A driver punched a man in the face while using extensive foul language during a road rage incident. (Lyfe Engelhart) A driver punched a man in the face while using extensive foul language during a road rage incident. (Lyfe Engelhart)

A suspect has been arrested on assault charges in connection with a road rage incident that was caught on video in Colorado Springs.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Chad Huntsinger. He faces charges of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass, Assault in the Third Degree, Harassment (2 Counts) and Menacing.

A victim and his girlfriend were driving off of Old Stage Road when they say Huntsinger tailgated them, then pulled over and threatened them. The victim's girlfriend, Lyfe Engelhart, began recording the incident on her cell phone.

In the video she shared to Facebook, Huntsinger is seen punching and slapping Engelhart's boyfriend in the face through the open window. 

When asked why he was angry, the man replied, "Because you wouldn't get out of my way with your little car. I don't care if you got the WRX." He even dared the couple to call the police while stating he's a "combat veteran."

Huntsinger claims the couple almost ran him off the road when he tried to pass them. The video of the incident sparked a firestorm on social media.

News 5 watched it with Sgt. Ralph Losasso at El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

"Right off the bat, it looks like the driver of the vehicle actually engaged the aggressor. We always advise against that," said Sgt. Losasso with El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "Don't roll down your window and engage in a conversation... that's just going to escalate the situation and make it worse."

Sgt. Losasso says Old Stage Road, where the video was apparently filmed, has had this kind of trouble before.

"I don't know if it's because they're in the mountains and they think that they don't have to abide by the same laws on the roads, but they do," Sgt. Losasso said.

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