The Keswick RCMP is asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection with an assault following a collision between two vehicles in the Fredericton area.

On February 5, RCMP received a report of an incident on Highway 628 in Taymouth, about 35 kilometres north of Fredericton. A man driving an SUV reported that around 10:30 a.m. he tapped his brakes to caution another motorist in a car who was driving too closely behind him. Police say the car sped up, passed the SUV, and came to a stop at the bottom of a blind hill, blocking the road sideways.

The SUV was not able to stop due to the road conditions and slid into the car, causing extensive damage to the rear passenger side. The driver of the damaged car then exited his vehicle and assaulted the driver of the SUV through an open window, and opened the SUV's door in an attempt to pull the victim out.

Police say the victim was able to close the door and drive away. He suffered minor injuries.

The suspect is described as a man, from 20 to 25 years old, approximately 6' to 6'2" tall, with shoulder-length wavy light brown or sandy-coloured hair. He was driving what is believed to be a red Kia hatchback, which would have extensive damage to the rear passenger side.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have information about the suspect car or driver is asked to call the Keswick detachment of the West District RCMP at (506) 357-4300.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact New Brunswick Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.