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Thursday, June 17, 2021

22-year-old Ocala woman jailed in apparent road rage incident

Sarah Irene Rivera
Sarah Irene Rivera

An Ocala woman was jailed recently after being accused of initiating a road rage incident in Marion County.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies made contact with the victim, who said she had been traveling northbound on S. Pine Avenue in her silver Mazda 6 on Tuesday when she changed lanes to pass a slower vehicle. She said the vehicle behind her, a black Dodge Journey, changed lanes at the same time and once it sped around her, the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Sarah Irene Rivera, got in front of her and started slamming on her brakes while driving slower and slower, a sheriff’s office report states.

The victim claimed Rivera then threw a hard rock-like object that struck her vehicle on the driver’s side before speeding away. She said both vehicles stopped at the red light at S. Pine Avenue and S.E. 31st Street and she took a photo of Rivera’s license plate. She said Rivera then exited her vehicle and said, “I’m going to beat your ass,” the report says.

The victim said she called 911 for help because she was afraid for safety and that of a juvenile who was in the vehicle with her. She said she told Rivera she was calling law enforcement and said she, “Go ahead.” She said Rivera then returned to her vehicle and drove away, the report says.

Deputies noted a dent about the size of a nickel above the driver’s-side rear door of the victim’s vehicle. The victim estimated the damage at about $1,000, the report says.

Deputies spoke with Rivera at her residence in the 1400 block of S.W. 27th Avenue in Ocala. After being read her rights, she claimed the victim was yelling at her, so she got out of her vehicle and approached the victim’s vehicle to see what the problem was. She denied making any threats toward the victim and was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.

Rivera was charged with intent threat to do violence; launching a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft; and damaging property (over $200 and under $1,000). She was released late Wednesday night on $2,000 bond and is due in court June 8 at 9 a.m., jail records show.