Bell, left, Anderson, right

Jan 14, 2016 11:22 AM

Driver to argue road rage incident in Candia was act of self-defense in court

BRENTWOOD - It wasn't road rage; it was self defense. That's the argument a Manchester man plans to make in court after being charged in connection with a crash and assault on Route 101 in Candia.

According to the Union Leader, David Anderson, 40, argues he was forced off the road in Raymond by David Bell and then punched twice in the head before he reacted.

Bell, 60, of Jaffrey is expected to plead guilty later this month to reckless conduct, according to court documents. Anderson, who faces the same charge, chose to go to trial.

Defense lawyer Daniel Duckett said in court papers that his client will testify that Bell cut him off, punched him and hit him with an angle grinder.

Prosecutors say both men used their cars as deadly weapons “by driving aggressively” along Route 101, engaging in a confrontation and fighting with each other.

Anderson’s trial is scheduled for March 7.

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