Trucker charged for using wasp spray on motorist in road rage incident

A truck driver is facing assault charges for allegedly using insect spray as a weapon during a road rage incident in Texas over the weekend.

The incident occurred around 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Laredo, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Officers with the Laredo Police Department responded to a call for assistance at the Bob Bullock Loop and Jacaman Road. When they arrived, they found the driver of a Dodge pickup truck rubbing his eyes.

The motorist told police that he was traveling south when a semi truck cut him off twice. After the second cut off, the motorist said that he exited his pickup while both vehicles were stopped at a red light and began to yell at the truck driver, asking him to pull into a parking lot.

It was then that the truck driver allegedly sprayed the motorist in the face with wasp/hornet spray.

Police were able to catch up with the truck driver, later identified as 48 year old Daniel Eric Orchard. Officers found a can of wasp spray in Orchard’s truck.

Orchard was placed under arrest and charged with assault.

Wasp spray is a popular alternative weapon for truck drivers who cannot or choose not to carry a firearm.

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