OCEANSIDE, N.Y. -- A cement truck driver on Long Island faces bias-classified charges for tailgating, shouting racial slurs and threatening to beat a black driver with a pipe, police said.
Police said the white male suspect was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, menacing and harassment.
All the charges were classified as bias crimes.
Police said the 44-year-old was driving on Long Beach Road in Oceanside on Wednesday when he began slamming on his horn and shouting racial slurs at a black driver who had passed him.
The white man then tailgated the black driver and forced his vehicle to the side of the road, where police said he threatened to strike him with a pipe.
Police said that the black driver pulled out his cell phone and the other man drove off.