Rochester Woman Arrested Following Road Rage Incident
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - An apparent road rage incident on Saturday led to the arrest of a Rochester woman. Rochester police say 19-year-old Shamaine Branch is expected to be charged with felony assault in connection with the incident, which was reported around 10 in the morning along 37th Street Northeast.
Police responded after multiple witnesses reported two motorists driving aggressively before both cars stopped for a red light at the East River Road intersection and one of the drivers exited her vehicle. Police say the woman pulled the other female driver out of her car and the two got into a fight.
The police report on the incident says Branch got back in her car and struck the other driver as she drove away from the site of the altercation. Police say she stopped a short time later and was taken into custody.
It’s not known if the other driver, who came away from the confrontation with a broken finger, will face any criminal charges.
Branch claims the woman driving the other car initiated the conflict by repeatedly cutting her off and yelling racial slurs at her.
The Olmsted County Attorney's Office ended up issuing a misdemeanor citation to Branch charging her with 5th-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and 4th-degree criminal damage to property. Several months after the incident, court records show Branch pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct and damage to property charges, while the 5th-degree assault charge was dismissed through a plea agreement. She was sentenced to one year on probation.
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