Caught on tape: Man punches woman in drive-thru

WINTER HAVEN, Florida -- A Florida man is facing serious legal woes after allegedly experiencing "Drive-Thru Rage, " getting out of his car and punching a woman in the face.

Getting cut off on the road or in a drive-thru, it's happened to almost all of us at some point. But when it happened at a Winter Haven McDonald's last night, one woman couldn't steer clear of a bout of road rage.

And one thing's for sure, Howard Wilson did not order a Happy Meal when he stepped out of his vehicle late Sunday night and appeared to to punch Brittani Thomas in the face through her open car door.

"I didn't know if he was gonna get out of the car or not," said Tammy Roman who caught the whole thing on her cell phone.

"Not only did she video tape the incident occurring, but she also video taped the suspect's tag which certainly led to his apprehension," said Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester.

According to a Winter Haven Police affidavit, Wilson yelled in Thomas's face and held her door open after she tried to close it before punching her.

When Roman caught it on camera, "My heart dropped. I didn't know what to think," she said.

But Roman knew she needed to act.

"I got everything," she said.

But what do you need to know if a simple drive or a trip for burgers turns south?

Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester says leave your doors closed, keep your windows up and drive off.

Because there's always time to call the police when you're out of harm's way.


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