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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

After going through a frightening road rage incident Monday, a Murfreesboro man is now wondering why the driver accused of targeting him only got a slap on the wrist.

"He hit us in the left rear, and it spun us around. We were sideways in the road," Jay Dickens said. "I didn't expect a trip to jail that night, but I did expect more."

The man suspected of hitting Dickens' vehicle, Jerry Slater, 41, is no stranger to police.

Slater was arrested Nov. 27, 2013, and charged with aggravated assault. In that case, police said Slater's daughter had gotten into an altercation at the Innsbrooke Kroger gas pump with a man who threatened to punch her in the face.

When Slater found out about it, he allegedly stormed into the main store and demanded to see the surveillance video of the incident.

Instead of leaving when he was asked, he allegedly punched a loss prevention officer so hard in the forehead, it caused him to fall backwards and hit the floor.

"The officer was actually thrown into a freezer and received multiple lacerations to his head and body," said Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans.

Four days later, Slater was also arrested for simple assault. He apparently was upset that his 18-year-old daughter was staying with a 47-year-old man, according to police.

He is accused of pushing the man to the ground and kicking him in the side, but according to an incident report, Slater said, he "never placed hands on the man."

"He does seem to have a violent and quick temper, if you will," Evans said. "This demeanor has resulted in felony charges filed against him in recent months."

Slater, a former Williamson County correctional officer, who resigned without notice in 2004 after only 10 months on the job, apparently had a child in his Lexus SUV when he rammed into Dickens and his father on Monday.

"If he was angry enough to do what he did to us, then it doesn't really surprise me he's done it before," Dickens said.

Police said Slater admitted to leaving the scene of an accident and not immediately reporting it, but they said it's hard to prove he intended to do harm.

"We are not able to prove that an assault did occur," Evans said.

Dickens said he's weighing all of his options and may try to get a warrant against Slater for assault.

Channel 4 News attempted to get in contact with Slater to get his side of the story, but his phone isn't accepting incoming calls.

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