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Police seek help finding road rage suspect

Medford police are asking for help in tracking down a disgruntled driver who attacked a man Monday.

A 48-year-old Medford man was driving in the 700 block of Cardley Avenue at about 2:40 p.m. Monday and was waved down by a driver in a teal or turquoise Chevy S-10 pickup with no canopy.

The man pulled over and the pickup driver, whom he described to police as "wild-eyed" and shouting unintelligibly, approached. The man was calling police on his cell phone when the suspect from the pickup struck him several times in the face with some kind of stick, perhaps a walking staff or cane, Medford police Detective Mike Blair said. The victim suffered facial injuries and had several teeth knocked out, he said.

The suspect is described as a white man about 60 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and a long salt-and-pepper beard. He was wearing a tan leather jacket with fringes on the sleeves. The victim described him as looking like a mountain man and said he didn't appear to have a limp or disability that would need a cane.

The victim said he didn't know his assailant or what he was angry about.

"It just makes it that much more unsettling," Blair said.

Police are calling the incident road rage, but said they want to talk to the pickup driver to find out his side of the story.

Anyone with information is asked to call Blair at 774-2230 or 774-2242.