VALPARAISO | A Portage woman will not go to jail after arguing Friday she too was a victim in a July road rage incident in which she slashed another driver with a knife.
"Thank you so much," Amy Devries said to attorney Gary Germann, who was sitting in for Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.
Devries, who pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon stemming from the Portage incident, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars with all but 30 days suspended and to be served doing community service.
She was also ordered to take part in an anger management program and to continue with mental health counseling.
"This can't happen again," Germann said.
Devries and another woman were northbound on Willowcreek Road and stopped at a red light at Central Avenue when the women got into an argument over Devries' alleged erratic driving, police said. Devries was accused of rolling down her window and spraying Mace at the other vehicle.
Devries got out of her car with a knife, banged on the window of the second woman's car, police said. The second woman wasn't aware Devries had a knife, exited her car and was slashed in the face, arm and leg.
Devries told the court Friday after realizing the situation was escalating, she was headed back to her car when she was attacked by the other driver.
"I was crouched down on the ground," she said.
Devries said she was cut in the arm and leg by her own knife. Officials said she was rushed to Porter Regional Hospital, where she underwent surgery.