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Road rage defendant to pay cash to victim

BROOKSVILLE — A woman who rammed another motorist with her pickup truck in a road rage incident in March will avoid jail time as a part of a plea agreement reached last week.

Gail Ann Sievers, 57, received five years of probation and must pay $8,000 to Misty Rummel of Spring Hill, said Assistant State Attorney Matthew Pila.

Sievers of Spring Hill was charged with aggravated battery, which would have required prison time. "But (Rummel) wanted money rather than see Ms. Sievers go to prison," Pila said.

Sievers pleaded guilty to felony battery and must pay the $8,000 during her probation, Pila said. She also cannot drive during that time.

Rummel was traveling east on Hearth Road in a Ford F-150 on March 30 when she was cut off by Sievers, who ran a stop sign in her GMC while leaving the Sweetbay Supermarket on Mariner Boulevard. Rummel told authorities that when Sievers turned into a gas station at Mariner and Hearth, she followed and told Sievers, "I hope you get a flat tire for running that stop sign."

As Rummel left the station, Sievers drove after her, tailgating her at a high speed, according to a sheriff's report and witness accounts. Rummel said she pulled into the Sweetbay lot and tried to call 911 on her cell phone as Sievers crashed into the rear of her truck. The report noted there was no indication Sievers tried to brake before the impact.

Sievers told investigators she had taken some prescription medication and had two beers before she drove her truck.

Tony Marrero can be reached at tmarrero@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1431.

Road rage defendant to pay cash to victim 12/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 11:18pm]
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