Postal worker victim of road rage and pepper spray

A honk here, a finger there, maybe even a few choice words–all drivers are susceptible to a little road rage at some point. Apparently, not even government employees are exempt from experiencing this.

U.S. Postal Service vehicle. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On Wednesday, April 20, a 55-year-old U.S. Postal Service worker was on duty when she was pepper sprayed in an attack motivated by road rage, according to Pasadena Star News.

The mail carrier was delivering mail around 10:40 a.m. near Mar Vista Avenue and Claremont Street when she “inadvertently cut off another vehicle,” said Pasadena police Lieutenant  John Luna.

This prompted the suspect, a Latina woman also in her 50s, to follow the victim to an apartment complex on North Lake Avenue. She proceeded to yell at the postal carrier about her driving and spray her in the face with pepper spray.

Paramedics said the victim suffered irritation from the pepper spray. Other than that, she was unhurt and decided she did not need to be taken to a medical center.

After the incident, the suspect hopped into her “late-model, light-colored pickup truck” and fled the scene. She was reported to be 5’6″ and around 160 pounds, with a medium complexion and dark hair. She was also wearing a dark top.

The Pasadena police urge anyone with information on the suspect to report it to the police department at 626-744-4241.


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