Man wields wooden club against other man on Beltway

Police investigating a suspected road rage incident. (Photo: WJLA)

Two men will be charged with assault after one apparently attacked the other with a wooden club in a road rage incident on the Capital Beltway.

The men are identified as Edward C. Manners, Jr., 44, of Halethorpe, Md., and Michael W. Ramsey, 43, of Federalsburg, Md. Manners has been charged with one count of first-degree assault. A charge of second-degree assault is pending against Ramsey, who being treated at a hospital.

Police received a call shortly after 5 p.m. that two men had gotten out of their cars and were fighting on the inner loop of I-495 west of MD Rt. 355. The witness said one man had hit the other over the head with a wooden club. Police identified the club-wielder as Manners.

Despite his head wound, the witness said Ramsey got back into his car, a 1994 Ford. Another witness followed Ramsey from the scene and later called police to tell them where the man was. Troopers stopped Ramsey on the inner loop near Rt. 1. They found him with wounds to his head and bleeding heavily.

An ambulance took Ramsey to Prince George's Hospital Center where he is being treated for what police believe are non-life threatening injuries.

Manners got back in his tractor trailer as well and kept driving. He stopped and talked to troopers at an unrelated car crash, telling them that he Ramsey struck him with his car. He said the two then stopped and Ramsey started a fist-fight.

Manners was taken to the Montgomery County booking center for his initial appearance before a court commissioner. The investigation is continuing.

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