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October 29, 2019

“Road rage” allegedly turns to assault Sunday afternoon

Matthew J. Shoup allegedly reached into another vehicle and “grabbed a female passenger by her jacket.”
A Remington man faces several criminal charges after witnesses reported “road rage” turned into “people fighting on the roadway” Sunday afternoon near Warrenton, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a traffic crash on Lee Highway near Comfort Inn Drive north of town Oct. 27, Sgt. James Hartman said. “Deputies arrived at 12:19 p.m. to find multiple vehicles on the shoulder of the road, however, no one was fighting.

“Witnesses reported a blue SUV driving erratically, passing on the shoulder and cutting off traffic,” Sgt. Hartman added. “The blue KIA SUV and a Volkswagen came into contact at the Comfort Inn Drive traffic signal. The driver of the Volkswagen alleged the driver of the SUV, identified as Matthew John Shoup, 33, of Remington, was travelling north . . . when the blue KIA SUV passed the Volkswagen on the right shoulder. The Volkswagen driver further described the SUV jumping lanes and cutting off other vehicles. 
“As the vehicles stopped at the traffic signal, Shoup allegedly opened his door, striking the Volkswagen. Shoup then exited his vehicle and attempted to open the passenger door of the Volkswagen but it was locked. Shoup then reached through an open rear passenger window and grabbed a female passenger by her jacket. The driver of the Volkswagen then exited the vehicle and Shoup returned to his SUV.”
After interviewing witnesses and investigating the incident, Deputy Christopher Corbin arrested Mr. Shoup and took him before a magistrate, according to the sergeant. Authorities charged Mr. Shoup with assault and battery, destruction of property and reckless driving. The magistrate released him on a $2,000 bond.

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Bonnie C. · October 29, 2019 at 6:49 pm
Although we've seen it more frequently on 29 & 66, it's unfortunately prevalent EVERYWHERE these days. People need to start allowing enough time to get where they want to go, GET OFF THEIR STUPID PHONES, & calm down.
debrabgoode · October 29, 2019 at 6:27 pm
Its really getting out of hand on 29 we live a mile from the last stop light and we have to get into the right lane and its hard you put your blinker on and they won't let you over, they step on it, or we slow down in the right lane and they are right on our back bumper and then flip us off when we go to make the left turn, they don't stop to think its not an interstate, people do have to make left turns!!
mgrabner · October 29, 2019 at 2:22 pm
I see road rage behavior every day commuting to Sterling and back to Warrenton. It's only getting worse. People don't care about consequences anymore.
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