A man reportedly doused himself in the face with pepper spray by accident during a hit-and-run incident near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and 32nd Street at 4:23 p.m. Aug. 19.
According to police reports, the victim was trying to cross Harlem Avenue on westbound 32nd Street, but could not cross due to heavy traffic.
A vehicle described as a late-model white four-door Lincoln Sedan pulled up behind the victim’s vehicle and began honking his horn. A moment later, the driver of the Lincoln rear-ended the victim and got out of his car and began aggressively walking toward the victim’s car, both the victim and two witnesses told police.
Fearing for his safety, the victim then grabbed a can of pepper spray and accidentally sprayed himself in the face. The driver of the Lincoln reportedly arrived at the window, apologized and returned to his vehicle before leaving the scene.
The victim was treated by paramedics on scene and didn’t require hospitalization.