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Traffic: Road rage sends 2 local women to jail

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Two Sulphur Springs women ended up in jail early this morning on charges stemming from a road rage incident first reported near Walmart on South Broadway Street and continuing a couple of miles to the Interstate 30 service roads. The driver of one car was arrested for reckless driving and the passenger for disorderly conduct.

 

Deputies and police were first contacted around midnight Tuesday by a woman reporting reckless driving. The caller said a vehicle had attempted to run her off the road.

Police soon reported one vehicle was chasing another vehicle, trying to run it off the road — presumably the caller chasing the inconsiderate driver, although arrest reports were unclear at that point who was chasing whom.

Police dispatchers told the caller to pull over into the movie theater parking lot and wait for an officer to arrive to talk to her about the incident. Deputies in the area heard the call and responded as back-up.

As one sheriff’s officer turned onto East Shannon Road, he reported seeing a gray car rushing out of the movie theater parking lot with a white passenger car chasing it. Both turned back onto East Shannon, so the sheriff’s officer  pulled in behind them, activating his patrol truck’s lights in an effort to get the pair to stop.

They did not yield, however. In fact, the white Dodge Charger continued to travel within close distance — just a few feet — of the gray car it was chasing, showing no signs of stopping and displaying disregard for the safety of others. The driver of the Charger “appeared to want to harm the vehicle in front of it as it pulled onto Bill Bradford Road,” the deputy noted on arrest reports.

The sheriff’s officer then turned on his siren to try to get the vehicles to stop. The first vehicle pulled into Saputo (formerly Morningstar) parking lot just off Bill Bradford Road. The white car remained dangerously close to the first as it pulled behind the gray vehicle, which stopped close to the entrance to the business.

When officers made contact with the driver of the Charger car, the 30-year-old Sulphur Springs woman driving appeared to be “aggressive and out of control,” deputies noted on arrest reports.

While talking to the parties involved and police who had spotted the pair starting on South Broadway Street, deputies determined the woman had been “driving in a road rage manner for several minutes in the area of Walmart and South Broadway Street.” The woman driving the white Charger was arrested for reckless driving.

The passenger in the Charger, a 27-year-old Sulphur Springs woman and reportedly the one who initially called in the other driver for running her car off the road, was warned several times by officers to watch her language and cease cursing loudly as there were other people in the area who might find her language offensive.

When the driver was arrested for reckless driving, the 27-year-old passenger told officers, “If you are taking her, you are taking me too.” She followed that declaration with a four-letter expletive. Officers obliged her request, taking her to jail for disorderly conduct for her continued use of profanity, according to arrest reports.

Apparently being arrested wasn’t enough to calm the ire of the arrested Charger driver. She was noted to continue to be aggressive and uncooperative with sheriff’s and jail staff, deputies noted on arrest reports.

 

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