Woman threatened with knife in 4th of July road-rage attack

SEATTLE -- A woman had a bottle thrown at her car, her tire slashed and was threatened with a knife during a Fourth of July road-rage attack in Seattle.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the victim was driving northbound on Rainier Avenue South around 3 p.m. when she noticed a purple Corvette driving erratically behind her.

She later told officers the Corvette began to tailgate her so she tapped her brakes and slowed down. That's when the passenger in the Corvette threw a glass bottle, hitting her car, according to the report.

The Corvette passed the victim, and she started following it in order to get the license plate number.

While the victim was on the phone with 911, the Corvette stopped near First Avenue South and South Walker Street, the passenger got out and the Corvette drove off.

According to the report, the passenger yelled profanities at the victim before walking down a nearby alley. The victim circled the block and met the passenger on the other end of the alley.

She told officers she stopped her car with the window partially down, and the man started walking at her with a knife. According to the report, the man said he was going to stab her and told her to get out of the car.

The victim told officers the man tried to open her passenger door and slashed one of her rear tires with the knife before running off down First Avenue South.

Officers traced the license plate number the victim gave them to its registered owner, who said he had given the car to a friend as a gift. The man's description of his friend matched the victim's description of the Corvette's passenger.

The man gave officers his friend's name and phone number and said his friend had already called, warning him a woman had gotten the Corvette's license plate number and called police.