By David Highfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A postal worker was assaulted while making deliveries in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Police are calling it a road rage incident. The postal truck and an SUV nearly collided Friday on McLain Street.

Tad Kelly with the U.S. Postal Service told KDKA-TV the worker pulled over in front of Grandview Elementary School Friday morning when a man approached him.

The suspect, 54-year-old Earl Dunbar, started yelling at the worker about the way he was driving and then tried to pull the worker out of his postal vehicle.

“The motorist began to throw punches in which one caught the chin of our employee,” Kelly said.

Because the driver was wearing his seatbelt, Dunbar was unable to pull the worker out of the vehicle, but did rip his shirt.

After the incident, the postal worker changed his shirt and continued with his route.

When Dunbar left the scene, he left a hat that had his fishing license on it.

Dunbar’s fiancée, Tanisha Scaine, told KDKA-TV that Dunbar was injured and defending himself.

“He has a black eye, he was bleeding, his nose was busted right here and he has a busted lip,” she said.

The post office says that’s simply not true.

Dunbar faces a misdemeanor charge of simple assault.

Stay with KDKA for the latest developments.

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