Road rage assault suspect claims self-defense

Police say he beat a man during a road rage incident but the suspect calls it self-defense.

Barbourville police say Alan Hibbard beat Billy Mills unconscious Saturday at the intersection of KY 3340 and 25E.

Now Hibbard is behind bars charged with assault.

Hibbard talked to WYMT's Angela Sparkman in the Knox County Jail.

"All I did was self-defense and it put me in the awfullest position I ever was,"

He says it started Saturday when he says another driver cut him off.

He cuts out in front of me and I swerve over to the other side of the lane. He veers on over to that lane and forces me off the road. I locked up the brakes and was holding on the horn. All I see is his throwing his middle finger at me," said Alan Hibbard.

He followed the car to the red light.

"I caught back up with the guy and he started slamming on his brakes and tried to make me run into the back of him," said Hibbard.

At the intersection, Hibbard got out of his truck.

"No intentions of fighting. I'm just trying to figure out what this guy's deal is, you know. He hits me, so first thing, I just fight back. I just figured he lost his balance, guy hits the ground. I hit him again and he wasn't moving, so I just stopped," Hibbard said.

Hibbard drove away but witnesses led police to identify him and arrest him on Wednesday. They charged him with assault.

"Apparent brutality involved there. He offered no support, did not call police, did not report it," said Det. Steve Owens.

Hibbard claims he was scared and that's why he left.

"After he goes down, all these other people come running toward me. That's why I took off," Hibbard said.

Now the father of three with another baby on the way is even more scared.

"I'm not some violent dude. I don't teach my sons to do this, so that the last thing I want them to grow up to think," said Hibbard.

His bond is $50,000 full cash.

Police say the victim, Billy Mills, suffered serious injuries but is out of the hospital.


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