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Road rage incident ends with both drivers in jail

By Debbie Carson, Online Editor

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Two drivers were arrested Saturday after what could be categorized as a road rage incident when one driver clipped another while attempting to pass and then fled the scene. The other driven then took off after the hit-and-run offender and in turn, struck the offending vehicle.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, driver Stefanie M. Thomas, of 12th Court SW, in south county, tried to pass Michael Grant Turner on the right, striking the right rear panel of his SUV. Thomas then continued to drive away from the scene.

Turner then took off after Thomas and made a hard U-turn at one point to try to cut her off and then struck the woman’s Chevy on the driver side door.

At that point, Thomas and her passenger got out of the Chevy and a verbal argument started between the pair and a teenaged passenger from Turner’s SUV. During the argument, Thomas pushed the teen, according to the arrest reports.

Thomas told the responding deputy that she pushed the teen to get the girl out of her face.

Thomas, 32, faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and battery, according to her arrest report. She is being held at the county jail on $1,000 bond.

Turner, 35, faces a charge of reckless driving, his report states. He was released on $500 bond.

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