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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Road-rage incident spills out into the middle of Kanner Highway in Stuart

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 10:01:17-05

The video is disappointing to watch.

Recorded by another driver Wednesday afternoon, it shows two vehicles - a car and a minivan - heading down Kanner Highway in Stuart.

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We don't see what leads up to it, but the car appears to be driving slowly in front of the minivan - even jumping in front of the van when the driver tries to change lanes.

The two cars get to the intersection of U.S. 1 and Kanner.

Almost immediately, three men get out and brawl in the middle of the busy road.

"Bystanders were involved trying to break them up, and the potential of those bystanders also getting hurt during this is increased," says Jeff Kittredge with the Stuart Police Department.

Kittredge says the men in the car, Eric Gerstmann and Sean Gerstmann of Port Saint Lucie, drove away at the end the fight but were arrested just down the road.

"Not only are you putting yourself in danger, but you're also putting other motorists in danger with aggressive driving," he says. 

For many folks, it shows we still have a long way to go.

"A lot of people are fueled off of hate and anger, and not love and passion," says resident Victor Diodato.

"It just shows how little respect we have for each other," says resident Joseph Neuroth. " I hope one day we can stop and think instead of act on impulse. "You never know whose day you're ruining."

Eric and Sean Gerstmann are charged with disorderly conduct. Eric Gerstmann was also charged with resisting arrest without violence. 

Investigators say they are still looking for the other driver for questioning as the investigation continues.

If you have any info, contact Stuart police.