Police: Newark woman accused of assault stemming from road rage incident

- Delaware State Police say they have arrested a woman for assault in connection with a road rage incident in Newark.

The alleged incident happened on Tuesday, October 31 around 9 a.m.

According to police, a 62-year-old Middletown woman was stopped on Pulaski Highway in the area of Perch Creek Drive waiting to make a turn into the Kohls Department Store parking lot.

Police say the driver of a Dodge Charger, later identified as Dashyra L. Thomas, 23 of Newark, who was following directly behind the victim became impatient and began blowing her horn. 

The victim eventually proceeded into the Kohls parking lot and Thomas followed, according to investigators. Once both vehicles were stopped in the lot Thomas allegedly began yelling at the victim. Police say both women exited their vehicles and then became engaged in a verbal altercation. According to police, Thomas then struck the victim multiple times in the face with her closed fist, causing injury to her left eye and nose. Police say bystanders who observed the altercation intervened and separated the two at which time Thomas fled the scene in the Dodge Charger. The victim refused medical treatment for her injuries.

Based on investigative leads provided by multiple witnesses Troopers were able to locate Thomas and the Dodge Charger at her residence. State Police say after positively identifying Thomas as the person involved in the assault Troopers advised her that she was under arrest at which time she attempted to flee back into her residence, despite multiple verbal commands to stop. Delaware State Police say after a brief struggle Thomas was handcuffed and eventually transported to Troop 2 where she formally charged with one count each of assault 2nd-degree, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The investigation also revealed that Thomas' 4-year-old son was an occupant in her vehicle during the incident so she was also charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  

Thomas was arraigned and released on $4000.00 unsecured bond. 

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