DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida teen is sharing her story after, she said, an angry driver threw a coffee cup at her car before he yelled and even spit on her.
Nineteen-year-old Aashley Keene said she’s still in shock after Sunday morning’s heated shouting match. “And then, mid-[confrontation], he just goes and spits right in my face,” she said.
According to Davie Police, the altercation took place in the parking lot of a McDonald’s at 6405 Nova Drive, off Davie Road and just south Interstate 595, at around 11:30 a.m.
Keene said it all started as she was waiting at the light on Nora Drive. She said the driver, who was behind her in his Jeep, became belligerent because she didn’t accelerate when the light changed.
“As soon as it turns green, he’s just holding down his horn. He keeps honking,” said Keene.
Police said the driver, later identified as 44-year-old Christopher Watson, threw a cup of coffee out of his window, striking her sedan.
As the teen attempted to elude him, detectives said, she pulled into the McDonald’s. Watson followed her through the parking lot, got out of his car and began to scream at her through her window.
A woman who witnessed the altercation from the back of her car began recording it on her cellphone. The footage shows the subject, seen wearing a black baseball cap, white T-shirt and dark-colored shorts, yelling at the victim before he spit at her and stormed off.
“In the video, you can literally see him spitting on my face. It’s disgusting,” said Keene.
According to the arrest report, Keene got out of her car and confronted the driver. After screaming at each other, witnesses said, the teen punched the subject in the chest in an attempt to get away from him.
Witnesses called police, and officers took Watson into custody.
“I get mad in the car all the time, but I don’t like pull someone over and scream at their face,” said Keene. “He’s like 44 years old. Once he saw that I was a 19-year-old girl in the car, he should have stopped and driven away.”
The arresting officer said he allowed Watson to call his wife. The law enforcer said he heard the suspect admit to her over the phone that he let his anger take over and get the best of him.
Watson faces a simple battery charge.
While he waits for his court appearance, Keene said she’s counting her blessings the altercation was not worse. “I thought he was going to hit me, and I do believe that if people weren’t there he would have, like, tried to put his hands on me,” she said.
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