WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - A Winter Haven man was arrested for what could best be described as a "drive-thru" rage incident.
On Saturday, March 29 at 11:20p.m., Howard Carl Wilson was in one lane of a double drive-thru at a McDonald's restaurant in Winter Haven, Florida.
Brittani Thomas was a passenger in a vehicle in another lane of the drive-thru.
Thomas' vehicle pulled in front of Wilson's after ordering, which upset him.
Witnesses heard Wilson yelling profanities and racial slurs through his window towards the other vehicle.
After a few moments, Wilson exited his van and approached the passenger side of the vehicle where Thomas was sitting.
A customer in line behind them recorded the encounter on video with her phone.
Thomas opened her door to ask Wilson what his problem was.
The encounter continued for almost two minutes and Thomas is seen in the video trying to close her door multiple times.
Wilson held her door open prohibiting Thomas from closing it while he continued yelling at her.
As vehicles ahead of them began moving forward, Wilson reached in the vehicle and punched Thomas in the face.
He then returned to his van and drove off.
Officers eventually located him at his home where he admitted to being at McDonald's.
Wilson claimed he was at the passenger door of the vehicle for no more than 15 seconds.
He said he was angry because the other vehicle cut him off and he almost struck it.
After seeing the video, Wilson realized the situation was much more than he recalled.
Wilson told officers, "It was like a road rage incident."
Wilson was charged with Simple Battery and was booked into the Polk County Jail where he has since bonded out.