Police: Woman a victim of drive-thru road rage at Winter Haven McDonald's

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A Winter Haven man was charged with battery after he punched a woman in the face at a McDonald's drive-thru, according to police.

The incident was captured on video.

Howard Carl Wilson, 69, was in one lane of the drive-thru at the 6th Street McDonald's on Saturday night.

Another vehicle, in which Brittani Thomas was a passenger, pulled in front of Wilson after ordering. Witnesses heard Wilson yelling profanities and racial slurs, police said.

Wilson got out of his van and approached Thomas' vehicle. She opened her door and asked what the problem was.

In the video, Wilson is seen yelling and preventing Thomas from closing her door. Before getting back in his van and leaving, Wilson punched Thomas in the face, according to a police statement.

"I just wish he never took it that serious. It was just a McDonalds line. I just wish he wouldn't have taken it that serious.," Thomas said.

Officers tracked down Wilson at his home.  He said he was angry because he had been cut off and almost struck the other vehicle.  He also said the encounter only lasted about 15 seconds.

When presented with the video, he realized the incident was more than he recalled.  He told officers, "It was like a road rage incident," according to the statement.

He was charged with simple battery and later bonded out of the Polk County Jail.

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