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Tag: road rage

Aug.
11th

Troopers release sketch of road-rage shooter on SR 167

The Washington State Patrol today released a sketch of a man suspected of shooting and injuring two teenagers during a road-rage incident earlier this week on state Route 167 near Sumner.

The victims – an 18-year-old man and 17-year-old girl – were driving south on SR 167 just before 2 a.m. Monday when another vehicle drove up behind them and passed their vehicle. The suspect drove in the left inside shoulder area and nearly caused a crash, troopers said.

As the teens got off SR 167 at state Route 410, the suspect reportedly rolled down the passenger side window and

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Aug.
8th

Two shot in road rage incident early today on SR 167

Troopers are searching for a man who shot and injured two teenagers during a road-rage incident early today on state Route 167 in Pierce County.

The same bullet struck both victims – an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl. Both were treated and released from a local hospital, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The shooting took place shortly after 2 a.m.

The victims were going south on SR 167 near state Route 410 when another vehicle drove up behind them and passed their vehicle. The suspect drove in the left inside shoulder area and nearly caused a crash, troopers reported.

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Sep.
15th

Driver arrested after road rage incident last week on I-5

Troopers arrested a 54-year-old Mill Creek man last week after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver on Interstate 5 near Tillicum.

The incident was reported about 7:15 p.m. Sept. 9, according to a State Patrol press release issued today. The victim reported being cut off by another vehicle in the northbound lanes.

The victim also said the driver pointed a black handgun and continued north, cutting off other drivers. The victim provided troopers with a suspect vehicle description, which was broadcast to area law enforcement officers.

About 15 minutes later, a Lakewood police officer found the suspect’s vehicle

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June
23rd

Puyallup officer pleads not guilty in road rage case

A Puyallup police officer charged in connection with a road-rage incident pleaded not guilty today to two crimes.

Mark Delight, 27, is charged with second-degree assault and reckless driving.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz released Delight on his own recognizance pending the resolution of his case.

Delight is accused of chasing down another driver May 31 and ramming his car after the other man honked his horn at Delight when he was slow to drive through an intersection. He was not on duty at the time and was driving his personal car.

Delight, a Puyallup police officer for two

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June
20th

Federal Way man jailed after road rage incident Saturday

A 26-year-old Federal Way man is in jail on suspicion of drunk driving after a road rage incident Saturday night.

The incident began around 8:40 p.m., when two cars were traveling south on state Route 3 near the state Route 304 interchange in Bremerton, according to a Washington State Patrol release. The suspect became angry and began to slow down, impeding traffic. The two drivers continued eastbound on state Route 16 until the Federal Way man exited at state Route 160 and brandished a firearm out his window at the victim, who called 911.

Officers stopped the suspect car on

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June
8th

UPDATE: Puyallup police officer charged with assault in road-rage case

UPDATED THROUGHOUT (5:42 p.m):
Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Puyallup police officer with two crimes stemming from a road-rage incident last month.

Mark Delight, 27, will be summoned to court some time in the next few weeks to answer charges of second-degree assault and reckless driving.

Delight purposefully smashed his unmarked vehicle into another car and detained the driver at gunpoint following a May 31 incident on 112th Street South, according to court documents. He was off-duty at the time.

Delight, a two-year member of the Puyallup Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of the criminal proceedings and an internal review, department spokesman Lt. Dave McDonald said.

McDonald said the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and sent the case to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

“We will be treating it like we would any other case with these facts,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Tuesday.

The incident began when Delight was slow to drive through an intersection after the light turned green, according to charging documents.

The driver of a car behind him, Timothy McCreary, honked his horn at Delight in an attempt to get him moving.

Delight took exception and made an obscene gesture toward McCreary, the documents state.

Here, stories diverge, with Delight telling a changing version of events.

He first told investigators McCreary passed him in “a reckless fashion” and “slammed on his brakes,” causing Delight’s vehicle to collide with the rear of McCreary’s car.

McCreary then took off and Delight pursued, the officer told investigators.

“He further stated that McCreary turned his vehicle around and struck Delight’s vehicle,” the charging documents state.

Delight later changed his story, saying he purposefully ran into the side of McCreary’s vehicle as the fleeing driver was making a U-turn because he believed McCreary was about to strike him, the documents state.

McCreary told a different story.

He said he was passing Delight’s car when the officer, who was not in uniform, made an obscene gesture.

Upset and wanting to retaliate in kind, McCreary said he slowed his car and was coming to a stop when Delight struck him from behind, according to the charging papers.

McCreary, not knowing Delight was a cop, saw the other driver reaching for what he thought was a weapon so he took off, the papers state.

He noticed Delight following him and tried to make a U-turn to lose him, according to the charging documents.

That’s when Delight rammed his car, causing it to spin completely around before it came to a halt, the documents state.

“Delight then exited his vehicle with his gun drawn,” the papers state. “It was not until Delight had McCreary on the ground with his gun pointing at him that he (McCreary) realized that Delight was a police officer.”

McDonald said he understood Delight did follow the man after some kind of altercation and was in contact with 911 at the time. Delight had also called for other officers to assist him, he said.

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March
5th

UPDATED: Surgeon sentenced to jail time after 2009 road rage incident in Pierce County

A surgeon convicted of assaulting a fellow motorist during a 2009 road rage incident was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 30 of those days converted to community service.

A jury convicted Dr. Dennis Geyer, 38, of third-degree felony assault last month. The 38-year-old learned his sentence this afternoon.

Third-degree assault is a class C felony under state law, punishable by up to three months in jail. The state Department of Health, which has filed a complaint of unprofessional conduct against Geyer, could add sanctions against his medical license.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Geyer after an encounter on westbound

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