A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after an incident of road rage on Chemin Noël near the Lacolle border.

Sgt. Gregory Gomez of the Sûreté du Québec said the attack happened around 8 p.m. ET when a man driving a car flicked a cigarette out the window in the direction of another car being driven by a 26-year-old man.

“At that point, the 26-year-old driver responded and showed that he wasn’t happy about that,” Gomez said.

According to the SQ, the 38-year-old man got out of the passenger side of the car he was in and attacked the younger man driving the other car.

“[Then] both parties went their ways — they split. But about 10 minutes later, we know that the first victim, the 26-year-old man, went back to a house which was probably the house of the 38-year-old passenger, and he decided at that point to turn and attack the 38-year-old man,” Gomez said.

The older man was beaten so badly he had to be hospitalized. He was taken to an area hospital before being transferred to Montreal.

The younger man was arrested and may face charges.

Gomez said the police are still looking into the nature of the relationship between the two men, who both live in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle.