LONG BEACH — The alleged victim of a highly publicized road-rage beating on the Golden State (5) Freeway was arrested Thursday for an unrelated drunk driving and hit-and-run case out of Belmont Shore, authorities said. | See Video
Jerry Patterson, 49, was arrested just before noon Thursday by CHP officers after a warrant was issued at the Long Beach Superior Court, said California Highway Patrol Officer Saul Gomez.
"The warrant stems from an incident on May 25, at ... Corona (Avenue) and The Toledo," said Long Beach Police Department Spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. "A hit-and-run collision occurred, and the driver fled the scene. He was followed by a witness to another location."
When the witness contacted Patterson, the witness was assaulted, Pratt said.
Police called to the scene arrested Patterson on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and battery.
He was released from custody the following morning after posting $25,000 bail, according to his booking information. The warrant was issued after he failed to show up for his court appearance, Pratt said.
Patterson became the center of an online video sensation earlier this month when a passerby videotaped a confrontation on the side of the I-5 Freeway between Patterson and two other men, David Mendez, 21, and Edras Ramirez, 27, both of Los Angeles.
CHP investigators arrested Mendez and Ramirez after they went to a CHP office at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and were questioned by officers. They were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for the June 12 brawl — which left Patterson unconscious.
Both Mendez and Ramirez are scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in downtown Los Angeles.
Patterson is expected to be arraigned Monday at the Long Beach Superior Court, according to his booking information.
And CHP investigators are still considering whether Patterson will face a charge for his part in the June 12 incident, authorities said.
CHP Officer Denise Joslin said Wednesday that the fight occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the I-5 Freeway, south of Seventh Street in the East LA Interchange.
A video showed Patterson arguing with three men outside their cars on the side of the freeway. Patterson and one of the three men squared off and exchanged blows, but then a second man jumped Patterson and the two knocked the 49-year-old to the ground.