Road rage incident ends with two women sent to hospital

2013-07-05T11:30:00Z 2013-07-05T23:24:51Z Road rage incident ends with two women sent to hospitalJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | An apparent road rage incident Thursday night sent two women to the hospital, one of whom could face felony charges in the incident.

Portage police Sgt. Keith Hughes said the department received a call of a physical disturbance between two women involving a knife about 9 p.m.

Both women were northbound on Willowcreek Road and stopped at a red light at Central Avenue, Hughes said. The women got into an argument over one of the women's erratic driving.

The woman allegedly driving erratically rolled down her window, took a can of Mace and sprayed it at the other vehicle. Hughes said the window of the second woman's vehicle was rolled up.

The second woman then got out of her car to take a picture of the alleged erratic driver's license plate.

That enraged the first woman, Hughes said, and she got out of her car with a knife, banged on the window of the second woman's car. The second woman wasn't aware the other woman had a knife and exited her car.

"A tussle started, and (the second woman) was slashed in the face, arm and leg," Hughes said. She was transported to a local hospital and received stitches for her wounds.

When police and emergency medical personnel arrived, they found the first woman on the road in a pool of blood with a severe laceration to her left arm. Hughes said they don't know whether the wound was self-inflicted or received during the fight.

Two witnesses, one in a nearby car and the other who was at nearby Willowcreek Middle School watching the city's July 4 fireworks, came to the scene to help the woman.

Hughes, who was at the scene, said the woman, 39, of Portage, was "ranting and raving." She was rushed to Porter Regional Hospital, where she underwent surgery for her wound.

Hughes said police have not been able to question her and they have subpoenaed her blood from the hospital to run tests to determine if she had taken any drugs or if she was intoxicated.

Charges against the woman have not been filed as of Friday.

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