A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

The California Highway Patrol Thursday identified a motorist allegedly depicted in a video of a road rage attack on another motorist on the Ventura (134) Freeway in Glendale, and the agency announced it will recommend possible assault and child endangerment charges against him.

The video, which aired on KCAL9 and its sister station, CBS2, shows the driver of a black Nissan Infiniti repeatedly trying to cut off and overtake a silver Volkswagen Jetta on Saturday afternoon.

Then, suddenly, the Infiniti stops and that driver jumps out and starts beating and choking the Jetta’s driver. Just as suddenly, the attack stops and the Infiniti driver runs back to his car and takes off.

“The victim, not seen in the video, but seated in the silver car, is a local resident,” CHP Sgt. Jose Nunez said in a statement late this morning. “Although seriously shaken by the altercation, the victim did not sustain physical injuries.”

The crime occurred about 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the westbound freeway lanes, west of the Glendale (SR2) Freeway, Nunez said.

“Investigators identified the irate driver as Mr. Dikran Gligoriu, a Temple City resident,” Nunez said. “A thorough interview revealed Mr. Gligoriu had three children in the vehicle with him during the altercation.

“At this time, sufficient evidence exists to indicate Mr. Gligoriu was the driver and committed a crime,” Nunez said. “As a result, a complaint is being prepared and will be filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for consideration.”

Nunez said the CHP will recommend charges that include assault against another person and child endangerment.

The Jetta’s driver told the television stations’ reporter that the Infiniti driver was throwing coins at his car and started yelling at him, “Why are you making fun of me,” as he was hitting him. The Jetta’s driver — who was not identified — also said he did not file a police report about the attack.

The CHP released a statement late Wednesday night, saying it was aware of the “disturbing video… The dangerous driving behavior, physical attack on the victim and overall disregard for public safety, led to an immediate investigation.”

“The CHP takes the actions observed very seriously,” the statement said. “We have deployed investigators to identify the suspect, victim and witness/person behind the camera.”

The person who shot the video was also interviewed by the stations’ reporter but not identified. He told the reporter he started shooting the video because he thought the two cars were going to collide.

Anyone with information on the incident was asked to contact the CHP at either (818) 240-8200 during business hours or the CHP Communications Center at (323) 982-4900, 24-hours a day. All tips can be submitted anonymously.

—City News Service

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