Women Squeezed in Front of Truck, Say Driver Got Vicious

Jay Allen Barbeau allegedly broke their rear window, woman's arm with his bare hands
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2018 4:33 AM CDT
Jay Barbeau.   (Deschutes County Jail)

(Newser) – There are instances of road rage, and then instances of road RAGE. What cops say happened in Oregon on Friday night falls into the latter category. The Oregonian and Bulletin report Megan Stackhouse and her partner, Lucinda Mann, were slowly making their way out of a congested scene at a carnival in Bend around 8pm and "squeezed" in front of a truck amidst the heavy traffic. Stackhouse says the truck began following them so closely that she was unable to see its headlights. After a few blocks of the truck riding her tail, Stackhouse, 34, pulled to the side at a roundabout so the truck could pass—and says driver Jay Allen Barbeau instead went nuts. The women say he broke their car's left tail light and rear window with his bare hands and then approached the driver's side door.

Police say he grabbed Stackhouse's arm through the open window and twisted it until it broke. "It was visibly broken," Stackhouse says of the compound fracture, and she alleges Barbeau didn't end there but began punching her face, causing Mann, 26, to get out of the car and try to stop the 245-pound man. Instead, she says the 49-year-old gave her a concussion by slamming her into the concrete. He was arrested as he allegedly tried to flee the scene, was treated for injuries to his hand, and appeared in court Monday on charges of assault, criminal mischief, and reckless driving. Stackhouse says her right radius required pins, screws, and plates to repair. KTVZ reports Barbeau will next be in court June 11. (Read about another extreme case of road rage.)

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