Reporting Mike Hellgren
GAMBRILLS, Md. (WJZ) — The nightmare unfolded just days ago on one of Anne Arundel County’s busiest roads– a case of road rage that included a bloody stabbing, a crash and a frightening brawl. Now, the man who was stabbed is facing charges and his wife–an eyewitness–is telling her story.
Mike Hellgren has the story.
Police say they did more interviews with eyewitnesses and those directly involved in the confrontation. They believe both sides were at fault.
911 Operator: “What’s going on?”
“There’s been a stabbing.”
The frightening road rage attack stunned those who watched it unfold Monday on Crain Highway in Anne Arundel County.
“He’s got blood down his shirt. He has been stabbed,” said a caller.
That stabbing victim is a local football coach, Jeffrey Furlough. Police just released a picture of him.
His new wife watched everything unfold and spoke exclusively to WJZ about the terrifying experience. She asked us not to show her face.
“I did not expect anything to happen on my wedding day like this,” she said.
She had gotten married just hours before and was at a stoplight when a passenger in another car– a man police have identified as Ross Brandon Sudbrook– became irritated, and police say, violent. Investigators believe he was upset she and her new husband got out and switched seats.
“And just all the laughter and everything that was taking place in that truck, to have it turn so fast and so quickly with so much rage. At the time, it’s an adrenaline thing,” said the wife.
On the advice of her lawyer, she would not go into detail about the exact events but police say Sudbrook stabbed her husband and took off.
Furlough eventually followed and the two cars crashed about a mile away.
Police say the two men started fighting.
Authorities initially did not charge Furlough. But after consulting with witnesses and the state’s attorney, they arrested him for first- and second-degree assault.
His wife told WJZ the arrest surprised and devastated her. She has this message from her husband: “We will get through this, too. Pray for him and the family.”
She said her children watched the attack happen and she’s still living in fear.
“You have no idea. No idea what it’s like to know that your children’s heads won’t be the same because of what they saw,” she said.
Sudbrook faces multiple charges, including assault. Police say the investigation is far from closed.
“You’re happy. Tomorrow it could be gone. Everything can happen in a split second,” she said.
And change lives forever.
Police say Furlough subdued Sudbrook until police got to the scene. Furlough turned himself in Thursday night.
Police say it’s important that you call them if you feel threatened and avoid a confrontation that could escalate any road rage situation.
Click here to read AAA’s tips on what to do when experiencing road rage.