CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Lawrence Township Police have a man in custody after they say a road rage crash turned into an assault on a woman driver Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, they arrived at the scene at Long John Silver’s on Route 322 in Clearfield around 4:30 p.m. Robert Roach, 36, was driving a vehicle that had flipped onto its roof after ramming a woman in a road rage incident.
Police said Roach was able to get out of his car before they arrived and started to punch the woman in the face while trying to pull her from the car. The two reportedly didn’t know each other.
The victim related to police that Roach had been following her from a local Sheetz store and was tailgating and making rude gestures. She had pulled into the Long John’s parking lot to seek help when Roach rammed into her driver’s side door with his car before it flipped.
She told police that he then climbed out of his car and began yelling at her as he punched her in the face with a closed fist. Police say a witness tried to intervene but was unable to stop Roach.
Roach later told police that he thought the car was being driven by his fiancée and another man. At the time he thought they were trying to get away from him so he rammed his car into the driver’s side door to stop them.
According to the report, Roach told police he started yelling for the man to get out of the car and proceeded to punch the woman in the face “probably eight times” and tried to get her out of the car. Roach also admitted to police that he had done meth roughly five hours before this incident happened.
Police were able to verify the accounts through witness statement and video, saying Roach was observed yelling for “John T” to get out of the car.
The woman is in stable condition, suffering bruises and scratches to her head.
Roach is facing various charges including aggravated assault, simple assault, DUI, disorderly conduct and other charges related to reckless driving.
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