Viral road rage video leads to arrest

Footage of altercation on Amherst Street nets simple assault charge

NASHUA – After a video of an alleged road rage altercation between two drivers on Amherst Street went viral, police have arrested and charged the man involved with simple assault.

On Sunday, Nashua Police received a call to the area of Amherst Street and Henri Burque Highway for a report of an accident at 11:51 a.m.

Jennifer Needham was the witness who recorded the video where a female driver can be seen exiting her vehicle, a black Toyota Prius, and approaching the vehicle in front of her, a red Toyota Venza.

On the video, it appears words were exchanged, but once the woman reached the Venza, the driver, Ricardo Montanez, 28, of Hudson, can then be seen exiting his vehicle, pushing the female to the snow-covered ground.

According to police, “Upon initial investigation, it was determined that a minor accident occurred after a brief road rage incident involving the two vehicles at the scene.”

Officers spoke with all parties involved and to witnesses, and one witness showed the recorded video to the investigating officer. After additional investigation, Montanez was identified as the suspect and officers applied for and were granted an arrest warrant. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned in Nashua district court on March 22.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or