Police are investigating allegations that a man was recently assaulted outside of Outback Steakhouse after he apparently flashed his high-beam lights at another driver while both of them were waiting for takeout orders.
“On Jan. 12, I responded to 1968 Old Fort Parkway for a reported assault,” Officer Daniel Parkhurst reported in a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report. “The (complainant) stated that he parked facing another a vehicle in the curbside take-away lane at Outback. (When) the other male driver turned on his high beams, the victim responded in kind.”
Annoyed by the bright lights, the man told police “they continued flashing their lights at each other until the other driver, a black male (who appeared to be) in his 40s wearing a Blackman High School wrestling shirt, approached his vehicle.”
“He stated the (driver) yelled and cursed at him, and he tried to tell him that there was no problem,” Parkhurst reported. “The (complainant) stated that the subject struck him several times and threw him to the ground, and then he quickly left the scene.”
The man sustained several abrasions during the assault, but he refused treatment when emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, Parkhurst reported.
In a somewhat surprising twist, Parkhurst reported the driver accused of assaulting the man was accompanied by three teenagers, all of whom were also wearing Blackman High shirts.
Although the driver was able to flee the scene without being questioned about the matter, police have been able to collect video surveillance footage of the incident.
The man who was allegedly assaulted also volunteered to help with the investigation, saying he would contact Blackman High to identify the driver.