SUV driver seen in Oceanside road rage video pleads not guilty

Posted at 7:43 AM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 21:08:49-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The driver of an SUV involved in an apparent road rage incident in Oceanside that resulted in his vehicle ending up on its side appeared in court Friday.

Andrew Branch faces felony assault charges for his role in an altercation with another driver on eastbound state Route 78, near the College Boulevard exit, on Feb. 15.

Branch pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He was given $30,000 bail, which he made. Branch faces four years in prison if convicted.

Video of the incident showed the driver of a BMW, identified as Kevin McCall, leaving his car to confront Branch, who was sitting inside his Ford Explorer SUV.

According to authorities, McCall spit at Branch before going back into his car. Branch is seen in the video driving into the center-divider and accelerating into the BMW, narrowly missing McCall.

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However, sideswiping the BMW caused Branch's SUV to overturn onto its side. McCall drove away from the scene soon after.

Aided by video shot by a witness, authorities located Branch and arrested him. Branch says he overcorrected while trying to get away from McCall.

McCall was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, 10News learned.

The person who recorded the video said:

"First I was recording just because he was swerving into the left lane. But as you can see it did take a crazy turn. I cannot believe I witnessed such a crazy accident. Just because he was mad he wasn't able to cut someone off. After the incident, the convertible man took off about 15-20 feet, then parked, and decided to walk back. I was so scared and nervous, I drove off as safely as I could."