Police in Palm Desert responded to a 911 call Monday morning from a man who claimed another motorist was hitting his car with an ax in an apparent case of road rage, authorities said.
The alleged attack happened around 9 a.m. the area of Highway 111 and El Paseo, according to a news release from the Palm Desert Police Department.
The suspect got back into his car and tried to flee.
But the victim followed him, the release stated.
Officers caught up with both parties in the Wal-Mart parking lot off Fred Waring Drive and Highway 111, police said.
James Scott, 51, was arrested at the scene for suspicion of assault with deadly weapon, and felony vandalism, according to the release.
Scott’s passenger, 23-year-old Marcelino Castro, was also arrested for a parole violation.
The victim and his 17-year-old daughter were not injured.
Anyone with any information about this incident was urged to contact Officer Pool with the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-836-1600.