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Police: Women attack driver during road rage encounter

Published Apr. 24, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG — Two women were arrested Tuesday after police said they rammed another driver's car, then pulled the driver out of the car and beat her in an apparent case of road rage.

Police said Amber Lynn Beckwith, 26, and Ariel Young, 22, encountered Rose Lucarell as she was driving south on 34th Street S around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. In the 3400 block of the street, Lucarell, 61, honked her horn at the women to prevent an accident, police said.

The women responded by pulling alongside Lucarell, yelling out their windows and showing her their middle fingers, police said. When she asked them to stop, Young threw a water bottle at her, police said.

Police gave this account: Beckwith, who was driving, hit the front of Lucarell's car with her own. Lucarell stopped the car in the middle of the street. Beckwith backed into Lucarell's car three times before she and Young got out of the car, opened Lucarell's car doors, and hit her in the back of the head. They dragged her out and onto the ground, where she hit her head.

Witnesses found Lucarell in the road and she was transported to St. Anthony's Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. Beckwith and Young were both arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Beckwith was charged with burglary with battery and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. She was released Monday on a $60,000 bond. Young was charged with burglary with battery and remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at cwiseman@tampabay.com or (727)-893-8804. Follow @clairelwiseman on Twitter.

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