El Paso County, Colorado, authorities launched an investigation after a road rage incident involving a veteran turned violent (video below).
WARNING: The video below contains strong language that some may consider offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.
In the intense clip, Brandon Vega can be seen arguing with a man about a traffic incident involving both parties.
"I am a combat veteran," the man, who identified himself as Chad Huntsinger, says to Vega and his girlfriend Lyfe Engelhart, who captured the video. Huntsinger proceeds to hit Vega in the face.
"You ran me off the road, f****t!" Huntsinger yells.
"He didn't do anything!" Engelhart says.
"You f**king ran me off when I was trying to pass your b***h a**," Huntsinger says to Vega. "I was trying to pass you and you didn't like it."
Engelhart explained in a description of the video, which was posted to Facebook, that Vega refused to fight Huntsinger despite the man making several attempts to do so.
"He only walked away with a bloody nose and fat lip because he refused to fight over something so stupid," she wrote.
Engelhart told KRDO that she got "a little nervous" during the altercation because Huntsinger approached her angrily.
"If that person stays engaged with you, we recommend, make the next right turn, move out of the area. it's not worth confronting someone over an act that occurs when you're driving a motor vehicle," Police Lt. Howard Black advised viewers in an interview with KRDO.
Road rage, Black said, can result in varying degrees of violence.
"It might be just a quick hand gesture, might be somebody rolling down the window -- and it goes all the way to homicide -- we've had those types of cases here in Colorado Springs," he said.
Many readers criticized both sides of the incident for perpetuating the violent behavior and intense language.
"Road rage at its finest. All those, especially this girl, need to have their mouths washed out with strong bar of soap. The whole incident was a waste of time if they were in such a hurry to get dome place. Complete disrespect all the way around," one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page.
"Confront someone like that here in AZ and you're likely to get shot. Both parties acted wrong. Guy says he's a combat vet, I'm thinking PTSD or something, I sure as hell am not going to antagonize him, and that guy's big mouthed girlfriend was the one that should have gotten slapped silly. Little d*******g should have just kept his mouth shut," another added.
Sources: KRDO, Lyfe Engelhart/Facebook, Mad World News/Facebook / Photo credit: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz Mariordo via Wikimedia Commons