Delaware State Police have arrested a Syracuse man after a road rage incident led to a physical confrontation between drivers in Bridgeville.
The incident began around noon on Sunday, July 16, as a 50-year-old Delmar man was driving a Dodge Challenger northbound in the left lane of Sussex Highway (Route 13), south of Seashore Highway (Route 404). Jason R. Reed, 39, of Syracuse, New York, was driving a Chrysler Town and Country minivan directly behind the Delmar man and became irritated that he 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 back into the left lane, striking the right front bumper of the car. The Delmar man was able to bring his car to a controlled stop in the center median. Reed also pulled into the center median and exited his vehicle to confront the driver.
Upon making contact with the Delmar man, who is disabled and uses a cane, Reed began an argument which turned physical, leading to the two men fighting in the median and causing more damage to the Challenger when the two fell into the side of the car. The Delmar man was able to separate himself from the fight after forcing Reed to the ground, prior to police arrival. All the events took place while Reed's wife and two children were in his vehicle. They were uninjured in the incident. The Delmar man was slightly injured during the altercation but did not require medical attention.
Jason Reed was transported to Troop 5 in Bridgeville, where he was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony (vehicle), four counts of second-degree reckless endangering, third-degree assault, 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. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $40,350 secured bond.