Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Newark- Delaware State Police have arrested a Newark woman for felony assault, which resulted from a road rage incident.
The incident began at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 as the victim, a 62 year old Middletown woman, was stopped on Pulaski Highway in the area of Perch Creek Drive, Newark, waiting to make a turn into the Kohls Department Store parking lot. 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. Once both vehicles were stopped in the lot Thomas began yelling at the victim. Both subjects exited their vehicles and then became engaged in a verbal altercation. Thomas then struck the victim multiple times in the face with her closed fist, causing injury to her left eye and nose. 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. After positively identifying Thomas as the subject 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. 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 in Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $4000.00 unsecured bond.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin
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