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Colfax man arrested for beating man with flashlight

Gas station altercation stemmed from road rage incident
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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A Colfax man was released from jail this week after he was arrested in a road-rage incident that allegedly turned into a flashlight beating. Jeremy Michael Asquith is no longer in custody after he was arrested Nov. 23 on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and two misdemeanor charges of brandishing a deadly weapon and battery. Asquith allegedly got into a physical fight with a 41-year-old Auburn man following a “road-rage incident” last week, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s arrest report. At about 7:48 p.m., both men were driving eastbound on Interstate 80 between Horseshoe Bar and Penryn roads when they claimed that each was cut off by the other driver, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “They got in front of each other several times and slammed on the brakes,” Erwin said. The 41-year-old man, whose name is withheld because he is a victim, said when he got his 2001 Chevy Tahoe in front of Asquith’s 1992 Geo Tracker, he pulled off at the Newcastle Road exit. The man reportedly told sheriff’s deputies that he wanted to go to the California Highway Patrol’s Newcastle office but instead he pulled into the parking lot of the Flyer’s gas station located on Newcastle Road. Asquith followed behind him. “The suspect ran toward the man with a flashlight in his hand and they went to the ground fighting,” Erwin said. During the fight, Asquith reportedly struck the 41-year-old man on the back of his head twice with a Maglite flashlight. The victim reported that he momentarily lost consciousness. “He awoke to see his 14-year-old son knock the suspect to the ground,” Erwin said. The 14-year-old son was inside the Tahoe during the incident as was the man’s 10-year-old son and a 16-year-old female. After Asquith was knocked to the ground, he reportedly lost his flashlight. The 25-year-old Asquith then allegedly pulled a Kershaw folding knife from his pants pocket and started waving it at both the father and son in a “threatening manner,” according to the arrest report. The man and his son returned to their SUV and called 911. Asquith followed as the family drove to the Auburn Justice Center in DeWitt per the instructions of a dispatcher. However, when the Tahoe turned off at Atwood Road, Asquith continued north on Highway 49. A Placer Sheriff’s deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the fight and pulled Asquith over at Bell and Musso roads. Asquith was then arrested and booked into Placer County Jail. He was released Monday on his own recognizance. Erwin said the case has been forwarded to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Reach Jenifer Gee at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com.