Road rage incident ends in battery charges
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org July 5, 2013 3:02PM
Updated: August 7, 2013 6:11AM
A woman is facing charges of battery and possibly more after a road rage incident turned into a stabbing Thursday night, according to Portage police.
Sgt. Keith Hughes said the incident started just before 9 p.m. when the woman, identified only as Driver 1, was seen driving erratically northbound on Willowcreek Road just south of Central Avenue when she pulled up at a stop light.
Hughes said the woman then started yelling at the driver of the car next to her, identified as Driver 2, and then pulled out a can of pepper spray.
The spray did not injure Driver 2, Hughes said, because the car door and window were both shut. However, the victim started to take pictures of the attacker’s license plates to send to police. That’s when Driver 1 pulled out a knife and went after the victim.
The victim, who didn’t realize it was a knife and just thought it was the pepper spray, opened the car door, and the two got into a struggle.
The victim suffered lashes to the face, arm and leg, all of which required about 21 stitches. Hughes said the attacker suffered a large cut to her arm at some point and started screaming on the ground uncontrollably.
Two people standing by who had medical training were able to wrap a blanket around her until an ambulance arrived.
The woman was taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, where she is being held under police supervision. Hughes said police plan on filing a charge of battery, a Class C felony, against her and perhaps more charges as well.
Hughes said police have not talked to the woman yet and don’t know why she was driving erratically or attacked the other driver. Police are issuing a subpoena to get samples of her blood taken at the hospital.