Naugatuck man assaults driver in front of his kids in road rage incident

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NAUGATUCK–On October 26 around 6:15 p.m. police responded to Ward Street for reports that a man had been assaulted.

Witnesses told officers that a white man was seen driving erratically on Ward Street when a man who lives on the street came outside and yelled at the driver to slow down. That man was joined by several neighbors, including the man’s two 4-year-old kids.

Witnesses called police when the man got out of his car and assaulted the resident who had yelled at him. They also reported that the suspect threatened to come back and shoot everyone.

The neighbors were able to get a description of the suspect’s car and license plate.

Police officers caught up with the suspect’s car near Elm Street and tried to stop it, but the driver fled. Luckily, one of the officers was able to pull up next to him and get a good look at the suspect. He told the suspect him to slow down and pull over, but the man refused and used obscenities. The officers stopped chasing the man, but the officer who pulled up next to him was able to get a good look at the suspect and his license plates.

Using the license plates, officers tracked the car to Golden Hill Street, where it was registered, and found the suspect–identified as Barry Albaugh, 40, of Naguatuck, getting out of the car that witnesses and the officers described. When he saw police, he ran into his home.

When confronted, the suspect started to cry and beg for forgiveness, offering to apologize to all the people he offended and pay for the injuries that the man he assaulted sustained. He also offered to pay for therapy for his kids for witnessing their father get attacked. He also pledged to take driver’s education and enroll in anger management classes.

Despite his pleas that he was sorry, when police confronted him to arrest him he fought, kicked and tussled with them. Eventually they got the suspect under control and took him into custody.

He was charged with breach of peace in the second degree, assault in the third degree, risk of injury to a child, threatening in the second degree, interfering with an officer/resisting arrest, assault of a public safety official, two counts of failure to obey a stop sign, engaging police in a pursuit, disobeying an officer’s signals, improper turns, two counts of failure to use signals and failure to drive in the proper lane.

He was arraigned and released on a $52,500 bond.