Maryville police: Road rage incident results in stabbing, assault charges

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Walland man was allegedly stabbed and hospitalized in an apparent road rage incident Friday in Maryville.

Maryville police officers responding to reports of a stabbing were able to stop two drivers on Alcoa Highway. They found Anthony Bates, 33, of Walland, suffering from a stab wound to his arm. He told an officer that a man, later identified as 23-year-old Travis Ducote of Maryville, had been driving erratically and cut him off several times.

According to the report, Bates got out of his car at a stop light on West Broadway near Sandy Springs Road to confront Ducote. Bates told officers he punched Ducote in retaliation after the man stabbed him.

Ducote told officers it happened the other way around, that Bates walked up to his car and started punching him in the face. According to the report, that's when Ducote said he got out his knife and lunged at Bates, cutting him in self defense.

Officers took Bate to Blount Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds. Both men were questioned and will appear in court on aggravated assault charges.