The Seal Beach Police Department arrested a man on suspicion of assault and other crimes after allegedly spraying three people, including a child, with bear spray following a road rage incident on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this month.
Police said the incident on June 14 began when the suspect, identified by police as Marcus Kelley, 43, of Hemet, pulled off the highway onto Anderson Street after being involved in a road rage incident with occupants of another car that had also pulled over.
The suspect used bear spray on the driver, and the irritant entered the car because the windows were down, exposing three people inside, police said. The victims suffered eye and skin irritation and were treated by Orange County Fire Authority personnel on the scene, police said.
“Officers responding to the scene were also affected by the residual spray in the air and on the victims,” police said in a statement.
The suspect then fled the scene by the time officers arrived, police said.
Police on Sunday arrested Kelley in Riverside County on suspicion of assault and battery, unlawful use of pepper spray and felony child endangerment.
It was not immediately clear whether the Orange County District Attorney has filed charges in the case.
Police said they believe Kelley may have been involved in similar crimes in the Southern California area. Anyone with information should call Det. Bruno Balderrama at 562-799-4100 ext. 1109 or [email protected].