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Man arrested in St. Pete road rage case

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Published:   |   Updated: May 2, 2014 at 02:51 PM

St. Petersburg police have made an arrest in a road rage case in which a man was alleged to have dragged a woman with his pickup truck.

Michael James Deely, 48, of 5283 46th Ave., St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of aggravated battery Thursday night. Bail was set at $10,000.

Deely is accused of pulling his 2002 Toyota Tacoma pickup behind a woman’s car in downtown St. Petersburg about 10 p.m. April 24 and honking his horn at her. After he was identified, he told police he became frustrated because after the light turned green, she didn’t move because she was texting, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

A few blocks later, the pickup ended up in front of the woman’s car at a red light, at which point the woman got out of her car, and walked up to the truck, police said. Deely told authorities the woman told him something to the effect that he had to mind his manners, Puetz said.

Here accounts vary. The woman told authorities Deely grabbed her and dragged her 50 feet before letting her go, police said. Deely told authorities the woman grabbed the driver’s side door to the pickup and he pulled away, Puetz said. He did not know that his rear wheel had run over a part of her body.

Deely was identified after police pulled surveillance video from a parking garage near the initial encounter, and discovered Deely had used some kind of swipe card to use the garage as he works in downtown St. Petersburg, Puetz said.

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