Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Police charge St. Petersburg man in road rage dragging

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a 48-year-old man who they say grabbed a woman through his car window and dragged her through an intersection last month in an apparent case of road rage.

Michael J. Deely was charged with aggravated battery in connection with the April 24 incident. Police said he drove up behind a 39-year-old woman at Second Avenue S and Second Street about 10 p.m., honked his horn repeatedly, passed her and then pulled in front of her and slammed on his brakes.

She stopped behind him at a red light at Fourth Avenue S and Fourth Street, got out of her car and approached his truck window to talk with him. That's when police said Deely grabbed her by the arm and started to drive through the red light as she dangled from the window.

After about 50 feet, he dropped her, then drove over her, seriously injuring her arm, police said.

Police found Deely on Wednesday night after a video showed his truck exiting a parking garage. He told police he had honked at the woman because he thought she was texting and that he had not dragged her through the intersection. Instead, Deely said, she grabbed onto his door and would not let go.

Deely was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8804. Follow @clairelwiseman on Twitter.

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