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Man charged in road rage crash near Bridgeville

July 17, 2017
Jason Reed/DELAWARE STATE POLICE PHOTO

A Syracuse, N.Y., man faces charges after police say he fought with a disabled man July 17 in a case of road rage.

Jason Reed, 39, of Syracuse was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country minivan at noon northbound on Route 13 south of Route 404 when he became irritated because a 2015 Dodge Challenger was traveling the speed limit in the left lane, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Reed passed the Challenger on the right and then cut back into the left lane, striking the right front bumper of the Challenger, Fournier said.

The Challenger went into a center median and came to a controlled stop; the driver, a 50-year-old man from Delmar exited the car with his cane, Fournier said.

Reed stopped his minivan, which was occupied by his wife and two children, and he started arguing with the disabled man. The argument turned physical and the two men caused more damage to the Challenger when they fell onto the side of the car, Fournier said.

The disabled man was able to free himself from Reed, and he forced Reed to the ground before police arrived.

Reed was taken to Troop 5 in Bridgeville and charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (vehicle), four counts of second-degree reckless endangering, third-degree assault, two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, malicious mischief by motor vehicle, disorderly conduct and failure to remain within a single lane. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $40,350 secured bond.

The 50-year-old man was slightly injured during the altercation, but did not require medical attention.