SPARTA, NJ – An Augusta man faces a number of charges after he caused an accident and punched a teen in a road rage incident. On September 28 around 5:15 p.m. police arrived at the scene of an accident to find only 17 year old Sparta juvenile remained, while the other driver, Phil Spagnola, fled the scene, police report.
According to police, the juvenile said Spagnola had tried to pass him over double yellow lines on Sussex Mills Road, almost hitting him. The juvenile said he gave Spagnola the finger, which apparently angered Spagnola.
A witness said they saw Spagnola’s Jeep go onto Lambert Drive on the wrong side of the road and cut in front of the juvenile’s car, causing the juvenile to hit the back of Spagnola’s Jeep. The witness said Spagnola then got out of his Jeep, go over to the juvenile’s car, police said.
Spagnola then punched the teen driver several times through the open driver’s side window before getting back in his Jeep and driving away according to the witness, police said.
On October 8 police said Spagnola went to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters to file a complaint against the juvenile for reckless driving, tailgating and assault by auto.
An investigation, including video footage and eye witness accounts ended with Spagnola charged with endangering a juvenile, aggravated assault, false reports to law enforcement, unsworn falsification and false swearing, police said.
Spagnola returned to the Sparta Police Department Headquarters on October 18 when he was processed, served criminal complaints and released with a court date.