Florida man arrested after getting caught on video punching woman at a drive-thru

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, March 31, 2014 18:16 EDT
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A 68-year-old Florida man was arrested and charged with simple battery after being caught on video apparently accosting and hitting a woman at a fast-food drive-thru, ABC News reported on Monday.

The encounter between Howard Carl Wilson and Brittani Thomas reportedly began when the vehicle in which she was riding pulled ahead of Wilson’s van while they were in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Winter Haven. The footage, shot by a witness in line behind them, begins after Thomas opened the passenger door to speak to him. Wilson can be seen preventing her from closing the door.

United Press International reported that witnesses heard Wilson cursing and yelling racial slurs before approaching the other vehicle. The ensuing argument allegedly lasted around two minutes, until Wilson apparently punches Thomas. He then walks away from her vehicle.

When police later visited Wilson at his home to ask about the incident, he allegedly told officers that he was “at the passenger door of the vehicle for no more than 15 seconds.”

However, he changed his story after being shown the footage, admitting to being the person identified in the video and saying, “It was like a road rage incident.”

Watch the footage, as aired on ABC on Monday, below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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