North Carolina driver Kristen Leigh Phillips, 40, is facing misdemeanor charges after she was caught on videotape in a bizarre road road incident that left a small child screaming and a mother driver in shock. The video of the victim is below.
The incident began when Phillips allegedly passed another car on a two-lane road in a reckless fashion and the victim, Sherri Hastings, called 911 to report the incident. What followed is scary as Phillips made repeated abrupt stops and then got out and charged at the second car.
Phillips is shown reaching into the window and taking a swing at Hastings, who was trying to close her window as her young granddaughter was screaming in terror. Phillips then went back to her truck but turned and yelled “Fuck you” as she held up both of her middle fingers.
Phillips has been charged with assault and battery, communicating threats, and injury to personal property. There is really no defense that I can see with such a videotape and Phillips will presumably seek a plea agreement to drop the assault or threat charge, which is the most damaging for her record. Since they are all misdemeanors however a prosecutor may be reluctant to yield given the publicity and the strength of the evidence — as well as the presence of the child.