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12-144 Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest Of New Port Richey Woman;Two Victims Injured

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Bonnie N. Coleman (Arrested)
DOB: 09/13/1980
Address: 3607 Bedford Street, New Port Richey
Arrested for Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle, Simple Battery
Vehicle: 2001 Saturn Station Wagon

Therese O’Neill (Victim)
DOB: 06/29/1982
Address: 1002 Red Oak Circle, Brandon
Vehicle: 1992 Dodge Station Wagon

Jill Ann Atwood (Victim-Witness)
DOB: 08/25/1966
Address: 143 Forest Grove Boulevard, Palm Harbor

What:
Deputies have arrested a New Port Richey Woman after she followed and rammed a woman’s vehicle multiple times; then exited her vehicle and struck the victim; and the witness who came to her aid.

When:
The incident occurred during the morning hours of June 12, 2012.

Where:
The incident occurred along Tampa Road in Oldsmar and ended On Tampa Road in Palm Harbor.

Why/How:
According to deputies, the victim, 29-year-old Therese O’Neill was traveling west on Tampa Road in Oldsmar when she pulled into a lane in front of 31-year-old Bonnie N. Coleman. Coleman ran into O’Neill’s rear bumper. O’Neill did not stop and continued on Tampa Road. Deputies say that Coleman continued to follow the victim and then proceeded to ram her vehicle multiple times prior to East Lake Road.

While O’Neill was stopped at the traffic light at East Lake Road, Coleman attempted to push her vehicle out into the intersection. Deputies say O’Neill backed up and struck the suspect’s vehicle. In an attempt to get away from Coleman, O’Neill then sped away through the red light. Coleman continued after her on Tampa Road to Mayfair Place in Palm Harbor , where Coleman exited the vehicle and began punching, kicking and pulling O’Neill’s hair, who at this point had also exited her car.

According to deputies, a woman identified as 45-year-old Jill Ann Atwood, who witnessed the road rage incident, also exited her vehicle at Mayfair Place and Tampa Road in an attempt to assist O’Neill. Coleman also struck her in the eye with her fist.

Deputies responded to the scene and called for Emergency Services.

O’Neill was transported by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital for bruising and other injuries sustained in the attack. Her injuries are non-life threatening.

Atwood was also transported by ambulance to Mease Countryside Hospital for severe injury to her eye. Her injuries are non-life threatening.

Coleman was arrested for aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, and simple battery. Deputies say the suspect was non compliant, agitated and uncooperative during the arrest.

The investigation continues.

Suspect Booking Photo: Bonnie N. Coleman

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