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Press Release: Road Rage Arrest
Agency: Lake Elsinore Police
Station Area: Lake Elsinore
Written Date: June 4, 2019 Time: 08:30 AM
Incident Date: June 1, 2019 Time: 07:30 AM
Incident Location: Collier Ave and Central Ave, Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Steve Fredericks
File Number(s): L191520029

Details:

Keith Lewis

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 8:00 AM, an adult female contacted Lake Elsinore deputies to report a “road rage” incident.  The woman had been driving eastbound on the section of Highway 74 designated as Riverside Drive, when she observed a red vehicle driving recklessly and crossing into opposing traffic to pass other vehicles.  She activated the camera function on her cellular phone to record the reckless driver in the event a collision or a crime occurred.  As she continued to drive and eventually reached Collier Avenue, the woman noticed a black Toyota Corolla become involved in a “cat and mouse” game with the red vehicle; both vehicles appeared to be passing each other and rapidly applying their brakes.

The woman turned right and drove southbound on Collier Avenue, eventually reaching the intersection at Central Avenue.  As she pulled into the outer of two left turn lanes, the woman observed the black Toyota approach from behind and pull alongside her in the inside turn lane.  Once alongside her vehicle, the male driver of the Toyota rolled down his passenger side window.  He uttered a profanity, then threw an unknown metal object at the victim’s closed driver side window.  The object shattered the window, and the male immediately drove away.  The victim, who was spared serious injury due to the safety glass of her side window, had recorded the incident with her camera.

Lake Elsinore deputies utilized the camera footage to identify and locate the suspect, 45 year-old Keith Lewis.  On June 3, 2019, Lewis was arrested at his Lakeland Village residence.  He was booked at Cois Byrd Detention Center for one felony count of throwing an object at a vehicle, in addition to several historical misdemeanor vehicle code charges which Mr. Lewis failed to answer in court. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Brandon Aguirre at (951) 245-3300.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

 

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