Police Search For Road Rage Suspect

By
Tyler Buchanan - Athens Messenger staff reporter

Dateline
Updated Wed, Aug 21, 2013 11:51 am

County and local officials are looking for an Albany woman suspected of inciting road rage and assaulting another driver on Tuesday.

Sarah Wood, 22, of Albany, was allegedly following another driver on Route 50 and driving erratically by passing the other car and slamming on the brakes. Wood is said to have also made gestures to the other driver, according to a report from Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly.

The other driver reportedly pulled off the highway near a gas station on Route 50 outside of Athens, when Wood allegedly also pulled off and began assaulting the woman. An off-duty Wellston police officer witnessed the assault and helped the other driver until other deputies arrived, while Wood fled the scene, according to the report.

The other driver, who sustained minimal injuries and refused medical treatment, said she did not know Wood and the attack was completely unprovoked, according to Kelly.

Athens Police had already charged Wood with theft earlier on Tuesday. While appearing in court for those charges, the sheriff's office intends to cite her regarding this incident, Kelly said.

Kelly said that the other driver made the correct move when dealing with road rage.

"I think (the person) did the right thing. She pulled off the road," he said. "Do not engage the person. Do your best to get off the roadway."

 

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