News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's videos like the ones showing bad car crashes all from the dashboard of cars, that's got Michael Futrelle's camera always rolling.
"Just in case I'm in an accident or I see an accident," he said.
Or maybe a stint of road rage like the one he drove right into earlier this week.
"Yeah, he was yelling and waving his fist at me," said Futrelle.
He recorded this video with his new dash cam. It shows Futrelle battling it out with a reckless driver on Mike Padgett Highway. First, the driver follows too closely, then...
"He jumped in front of me and slammed on the brakes which is never a good idea," said Futrelle.
Lt. Lewis Blanchard agrees, not a good idea at all. We showed him the entire clip.
"The car attempted to run him into oncoming traffic," Blanchard said as he watched the video.
By the end, Lt. Blanchard counted almost a dozen infractions by both drivers including how the video all started.
"Following too closely is actually our number two causation for accidents in Richmond County," said Blanchard.
Which is what the driver of this Monte Carlo was doing to Futrelle's car.
"He should've pulled over to the right and allowed the car to pass," said Lt. Blanchard.
Futrelle responded, "I know a lot of people feel like I was just riding in the left lane, just blocking him from passing me but the whole time that I was in the left lane, there was a vehicle that I would've been cutting in front of."
By the end of the video, the reckless driver dashes through a red light. while you see this minivan ready to pull into that same intersection.
"What if they'd pulled out on the green and just been T-boned by this guy," said Futrelle.
A lot of close calls in this three minute clip. Lessons, Futrelle and other drivers can learn from.