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Man charged in Lodge road rage incident

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A Southfield man has been charged in a road rage incident on the Lodge Freeway this week that left a motorist injured and closed the thoroughfare.

Michael Ziccarelli, 64, was arraigned before a magistrate judge, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. He faced two counts of assault with intent to commit murder; two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm; and six counts of felonious assault and felony firearm.

The charges stem from a confrontation reported at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the Lodge near Schaefer in Detroit.

Ziccarelli allegedly “rammed the car of a Southfield woman, causing her car to crash into the wall,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The man then “armed himself with a rifle, got out of his car, approached the Southfield woman’s car and pointed the gun at her,” according to the release.

After a Detroit woman stopped to assist the other driver, Ziccarelli returned to his white Chrysler 300 then fired the gun at her from about three car lengths away, investigators said.

The Southfield woman was hospitalized with a broken arm, broken hip and facial injuries, Michigan State Police said. She had not been wearing a seat belt when her car was rear-ended.

Ziccarelli is also accused of pointing the rifle at a Livonia man, a Wyandotte woman and a Grosse Pointe man, the prosecutor’s office said.

Once MSP and Detroit Police officers arrived, Ziccarelli surrendered without incident, county officials said.

Authorities found numerous long guns in his vehicle. Detectives executed a search warrant at his home, where additional weapons as well as ammo were seized, state police said.

The investigation of the incident prompted part of the Lodge, also known as M-10, to be closed for hours Tuesday night.

A $500,000 bond was set Friday for Ziccarelli.

He’s due back in court for a probable cause conference July 1. A preliminary examination is set for July 7. Both hearings are before 36th District Court Judge Deborah Langston.