Driver follows woman home, then pepper-sprays her after traffic encounter

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:42pm

A Quincy, Massachusetts woman was pepper-sprayed by another driver after a road dispute Monday .

"She was screaming, 'Call the police! Call the police! I've been sprayed,' and her face was all orange," said Aileen McGinnity, a neighbor who witnessed the attack.

McGinnity witnessed the incident outside of her home on Monday.

Her neighbor was assaulted by an outraged driver with pepper spray.

The victim had gotten out of her car to gather the suspect's license plate number.

The suspect then sprayed her.

"I walked by her car. She pushed down on her window - her passenger-side window, and I felt something spraying me on the side of the face. And I thought she squirted me with water, and then my eye started to sting," the victim said.

"The woman backed up, right there, and pulled out, and then sprayed her again in the face while she was standing there," McGinnity explained.

Police said the victim had just gotten off the expressway when something set the driver off.

"It was a road rage incident as we call it. There was a car stopped in the middle of the road and the woman was behind her, the victim. She proceeded to go around the suspect just to proceed up the street, and at that point the suspect followed the woman up to her residence," said Lieutenant Jack Sullivan of the Quincy Police Department.

A neighbor called 911 and chased the suspect as she was driving away.

"I tried to get the plate and she was actually hitting me with her car. And I was going backwards," said the victim.

The victim said she and the driver never exchanged words.

"She pushed her window down and hit me straight on in the face with mace," the victim said. "I thought she was leaving. She pushed her passenger window down and hit me straight on in the face with mase...the second time. I think she was just having a bad day and wanted to take it out on someone."

"The lesson here, I guess, is if you have an incident with someone to call the police if you feel there's a problem and let us deal with it. Because it could escalate into something that really shouldn't happen," said Lt. Sullivan.

Police said the victim is in her 60s and is doing fine.

They also said they have not yet been able to identify the suspect driver.

Police said the driver was operating a white SUV with Florida plates.

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