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Man punches car with brass knuckles, deputies say

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SPRING HILL Rudolph Byrne remained in jail on $6,000 bond Friday after driving aggressively and punching a car with brass knuckles, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

The 39-year-old New Port Richey man was driving north on Commercial Way on Thursday afternoon when he became involved in the road rage incident, an affidavit stated. Byrne “exchanged verbal insults” and threw plastic water bottles at the victim’s car from his Dodge van.

When the victim changed lanes to turn into the Home Depot parking lot to get away from Byrne, the man “intentionally swerved” in front of the car and made contact. Byrne got out of his van and started punching at the front side passenger door with a pair of brass knuckles.

The victims drove off, and called 911, and Byrne pursued them.

When law enforcement arrived to the Home Depot parking lot, Byrne said one of the victims threw a water bottle that hit is head, and admitted to using the brass knuckles only after being pinned between the vehicles.

Byrne was booked on three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and three counts of aggravated assault.

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