"Man threatened driver with hatchet in Rehoboth, police say" by John R. Ellement and Felicia Gans Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent October 20, 2015
A Dighton man is facing charges after he allegedly threatened another driver with a hatchet Tuesday morning in Rehoboth, police said.
Brian Art, 34, was arraigned in Taunton District Court Tuesday on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of disorderly conduct, according to Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn. He was held on $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 3.
Rehoboth Police Chief James Trombetta said in a statement that a driver allegedly approached a Rehoboth officer around 7 a.m., telling him that he had just been threatened by a man with a hatchet. The victim told police he was driving on Route 118 (Anawan Street) when he noticed the vehicle behind him was driving erratically.
The victim said the second car drove past him and then stopped at the intersection of Anawan and Peck streets in Rehoboth.
“The unidentified driver then exited his blue Jeep Liberty and approached the victim’s car yelling at him and waving a hatchet in the air in a threatening manner,” police said in the statement. “The victim reported he rolled up his window and secured his car doors fearing for his safety.’’
The hatchet-wielding man — later identified as Art — returned to his Jeep and drove off, heading north on Route 118, police said.
Police spotted the Jeep on Route 118 shortly before 10 a.m. and took Art into custody.
He either needs to take a cab or ride the T.