West Springfield man arrested in road rage incident caught on video, police say
After a near-accident on Hillcrest Avenue in West Springfield, an argument allegedly broke out between two men. Angered, the case escalated and Nicholas A. Bernardi pulled out a “racked” semi-automatic firearm to threaten the other driver, according to West Springfield police.
The other man involved in the altercation with Bernardi on February 17 quickly retreated to his home to call 911 after seeing the gun, only to realize that Bernardi had followed him home, he said. he declared to the authorities.
West Springfield Police described the interaction as a road rage incident. Part of the incident was filmed by a Ring doorbell, police said.
Bernardi was arrested in his vehicle near his home in West Springfield around 5 p.m. on February 18.
This is not the first case of a problem with the municipal police for Bernardi. In 2018, he was arrested with a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun stolen from his person and was in possession of a .22 caliber. rifle with 16 rounds, two stun guns, ten 9mm rounds and what police described as an “Uzi style” BB pistol.
He was also carrying nearly 700 bags of heroin stamped “Epidemic” at the time of his arrest in 2018, according to authorities, investigators having found 382 other bags at his home.