Fight breaks out at North Carolina gas pump: Moment motorists SPIT at each other and trade blows

Two motorists have been charged with assault after a fight in a line at a North Carolina gas station during panic-buying sparked by the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.  

Knightdale police officers were called to a Marathon gas station on Tuesday afternoon following reports of a crash and a fight over spots in the line, according to a statement from the town. 

Footage shows as the man and woman spit at one another before the altercation turns physical and they trade blows as frustrations boiled over in a long line for gas at the station.        

Video posted on Instagram shows how the two cars in Knightdale bumped up against each other at the gas station. 

A witness said a woman had tried to cut the line for gas, and then screamed obscenities and spat on a man who refused to let her in. The man jumped out of his vehicle, spit on the woman in return, and began grappling with her, video shows. 

A phone was also damaged, police said. The man appears to have thrown the woman’s cell into the street during the altercation before his shirt was ripped, footage shows. 

Alexus Orianna Harris, 25, was charged with simple assault and Matthew James-Stark Artero, 47, was charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property, WRAL reports. Both were cited and released with a pending court date.  

Two people are charged with assault after a fight in a line at a North Carolina gas station as a fuel pipeline shutdown sparks panic-buying, authorities said

Footage shows as the man and woman spit at one another before the altercation turns physical and they trade blows as frustrations boiled over in a long line for gas at the stationThe man and woman argued over spots in the line and each spat in the other’s face before the fight turned physical and a cellphone was damaged, police said

Footage shows as the man and woman spit at one another before the altercation turns physical and they trade blows as frustrations boiled over in a long line for gas at the station

A witness said a woman tried to cut the line for gas, and then screamed obscenities and spit on a man who refused to let her in. The man jumped out of his vehicle, spit on the woman in return, and began grappling with her, video shows

A witness said a woman tried to cut the line for gas, and then screamed obscenities and spit on a man who refused to let her in. The man jumped out of his vehicle, spit on the woman in return, and began grappling with her, video shows

It was announced Wednesday fuel will start flowing through the Colonial Pipeline again – six days after America’s largest pipeline closed down due to a ransomware attack.

Swaths of Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia are struggling with fuel shortages, and more than 10,000 gas stations have run dry as of Wednesday.     

Sections of the pipeline, which runs from Texas to New Jersey, were re-opened manually on Monday, but the main lines were closed until now, causing significant disruption. 

The news will come as a huge relief to motorists and plane passengers, after American Airlines announced they were adding stops to some of their long-haul flights from Charlotte, North Carolina, as a result of the crisis. American will resume normal service on Thursday.

Colonial's operators announced the restart in a statement posted on their website

Colonial’s operators announced the restart in a statement posted on their website

It will also take the pressure off the Biden administration, which is facing mounting criticism of its handling of the drama – not least from Donald Trump.

The Biden administration has been frustrated by Colonial’s handling of the attack, CNN reported, and officials have privately reprimanded the company. 

However, Colonial warned that the relief would not be instant, and that it would take time to get the 5,500-mile pipeline fully operational. 

Colonial Pipeline said in a statement: ‘It will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. 

‘Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.’  

Trump has described the fuel shortages affecting parts of the East Coast the ‘Biden Gas Crisis,’ as other Biden critics demanded the White House do more to alleviate the growing problem.

‘I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter,’  Trump said in a statement, referring to the Democratic president who was in office during the 1979 oil crisis.

Video posted on Instagram shows two cars bumped up against each other at a gas station

Video posted on Instagram shows two cars bumped up against each other at a gas station

Alexus Orianna Harris, 25, was charged with simple assault and Matthew James-Stark Artero, 47, was charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property, police said. Both were cited and released with a pending court dateThe video shows a woman apparently spit at a man in a car and he gets out to apparently spit on her. The woman in the video hits the man and they struggle for a few seconds before separating

Alexus Orianna Harris, 25, was charged with simple assault and Matthew James-Stark Artero, 47, was charged with assault on a female and damage to personal property, police said. Both were cited and released with a pending court date

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