Gregory Spina, 43, of Glen Cove, was arrested by Suffolk Police in connection with the Thanksgiving Day 'road rage' stabbing in Manorville. Image: Stringer News Service

A Glen Cove man has been arrested in the stabbing of a Manorville man in a Thanksgivgin Day road rage incident on Wading River Road.

Police arrested Gregory Spina, 43, on Friday, according to a Suffolk County Police Department press release issued Friday evening..

Spina was charged with Assault in the Second Degree and will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct for arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip Saturday, police said.

Spina was identified as the man operating a 2010 Volvo “erratically” northbound on Wading River Road Thursday afternoon at about 2:30. The operator was attempting to pass multiple vehicles, according to a police press release issued Thursday night. He attempted to pass a northbound 2017 Hyundai at the intersection of Wading River Road and South Street., police said.

The operator of the Hyundai, a 44-year-old Manorville man, believed his vehicle was struck by the Volvo and pulled into a parking lot on the corner of South Street and Wading River Road to inspect it, according to police.

Spina also stopped his vehicle and engaged in a physical altercation with the victim, stabbing him once in the abdomen, police said. He then fled the scene eastbound on South Street, police said.

The victim, whose identity was not released by police, was transported by Manorville Community Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The victim’s wife was also in the vehicle but was not injured, according to the police report.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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