An incident of road rage ended with a Danville man in custody after he waved a knife at another driver and challenged him to fight.
Danville Police Sgt. Dan Hoffman said the incident occurred Friday, April 17, on Camino Tassajara near Contada Circle. Hoffman said the victim, a 44-year-old Danville man, and his 11-year old-son were driving on Camino Tassajara near Lomitas Road where the two lanes merge and another vehicle allegedly cut him off at the merge.
The victim said he honked his horn at the other vehicle and they continued down the road. The suspect then pulled alongside the victim's car and began yelling and making obscene gestures. When the vehicles stopped at the intersection with Contada Circle, the man, identified as Martin Kephart, 36, got out of his car and continued to yell.
According to the victim, Kephart then pulled a knife out of his pants pocket and ordered the driver out of the car so they could fight. When the victim refused, Kephart reportedly dropped the knife, got back in his car, and drove away.
Hoffman said the victim took down the license plate information from Kephart's vehicle and called police. Police were able to retrieve Kephart's address from the plate number and confronted him at his home.
Kephart was taken into custody and charged with one misdemeanor count of brandishing a weapon. He was transported to Martinez Detention Facility.