Police have accused a Round Rock driver of intentionally ramming another person's vehicle on Interstate 35 twice and waving a machete at the other driver during an apparent road rage incident last week.
"That is an extreme incidence," said Round Rock Police Sgt. Jimmy Keyes.
On Wednesday, June 8, a man was driving on Mays Street headed towards I-35 in Round Rock, and told police his vehicle was hit by another driver.
"A driver had, from what he said, had cut him off so he tried to make a lane change around this vehicle. Once he made that lane change around the vehicle, there was a collision," said Keyes.
The drivers approached an intersection and pulled alongside each other.
"When he could see the other driver, the driver displayed a weapon, it appeared to the victim this was in anger," said Keyes. "The weapon that was displayed, that was reported to have been displayed, was a machete."
The driver followed the man until he pulled into a landscape company on Greenlawn Boulevard where he waited for police to arrive.
Officers arrested Sergio Alderete, Jr., 29, and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
KVUE News checked Alderete's ;jail records and discovered he has a long history of arrests, dating back to when he was 17 years old. Since January 2005, he's been arrested 10 times in Williamson County where he was convicted of one felony and three misdemeanors, and has had his probation revoked multiple times.
Round Rock Police have seen a small but steady uptick in the number of reported road rage cases since March and say they typically see more in the summer months.
If you become a victim, officers say the best thing to do is call 911 and drive to the police station.
"No matter what, don't go home. Cause if you get scared drive to your house, you think, my home is my castle, I can go inside I'll be safe there, you don't want to lead someone to your house," said Keyes.
Alderete's bond was set at $50,000. He has posted bond.