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Bellevue Man Punches Woman During Road Rage Incident

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ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A road rage incident this afternoon in Ross Township resulted in the arrest of a man from Bellevue.

Donald Finnegan, 56, faces charges of harassment, simple assault, and careless driving, after police said he failed to yield the right-of-way to a woman driver and then got out of his car and punched her in the face.

The woman’s two small children, ages 8 and 10, sat in the back seat during the incident.

The 45-year-old woman was driving north on Babcock Boulevard and Finnegan was southbound.

At the intersection of Cemetery Lane, she had the green arrow on the traffic signal and was preparing to make a left hand turn, when police said he didn’t stop at the red light, turned right on Cemetery Lane, cutting her off.

“She beeped her horn at that time and he pulled off onto the side of Cemetery Lane and she’s reporting to us that she pulled in behind him and she states that at that time he got out of his car, walked back to her car, said to her, ‘I’m sick of people doing this,’ and punched her in the face,” Ross Township Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.

He then walked back to his car and drove off. The woman was treated by paramedics at the Ross Police Station.

KDKA Photographer Jeff Roupe: “You hit a lady in the face through a window?”

Finnegan: “Yes I did.”

Roupe: “You have no regrets about that?”

Finnegan: “Not when she’s cursing me, flipping me the bird and getting on my nerves.”

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Roupe: “You punched a lady in the face because she beeped at you?”

Finnegan: “That’s correct. What’d she do? No she did a lot more. She [was] swearing at me, cursing at me, flipping the bird off and I had my … window down, my air conditioner don’t work and I could hear over my radio and everything, you know? You can only take so much abuse out here with no respect for no drivers.”

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