Road rage Syracuse man’s pass to prison

BRIDGEVILLE – Delaware State Police on Sunday arrested a Syracuse man after road rage led to a physical confrontation between drivers in the median of U.S. 13.

The incident occurred around noon July 16 as a 50-year-old Delmar, DE, man was northbound in a 2015 Dodge Challenger in the left lane of Sussex Highway, south of Seashore Highway (SR 404), Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Jason R. Reed

Jason R. Reed, 39, of Syracuse, was operating a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country northbound directly behind the Challenger. Investigation revealed Reed became irritated that the car was traveling the speed limit in the left lane.  Reed entered the right lane and began passing the Challenger when he made an abrupt lane change into the left lane. The left side of his mini-van struck the right front bumper of the car.

The Challenger entered the center median and came to a stop.  Reed pulled into the center median and got out of his vehicle to confront the operator of the Challenger, Cpl. Fournier said.

The Challenger driver, who is disabled, exited with his cane. Reed started an argument which turned physical. The two men fought in the median and further damaged the Challenger when they fell into the side of the car, Cpl. Fournier said.

The 50-year-old man got free from the fight after taking a tactical advantage over Reed and forcing him to the ground prior to the arrival of troopers.

These events took place while Reed’s wife and two children were in his vehicle. They were uninjured in the incident.  The 50-year-old man, whose identity was not given, was slightly injured during the altercation, but he did not require medical attention.

Reed was transported to Troop 5 in Bridgeville. He was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (vehicle), four counts of reckless endangering second degree, assault third degree, 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.

Reed was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $40,350 secured bond.

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