Road rage incident results in felony arrest |

Road rage incident results in felony arrest

A Jeep carrying several tubes travels through one of the intersections that recently was equipped with new stop signs. City officials said the signs will improve traffic flow and safety of the intersections.
Scott Franz

A 40-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony second-degree assault after a road rage incident at the new stop signs at the Mount Werner Road underpass.

Joseph Leonard Jernegan was being held on suspicion of second-degree assault. His bond was set at $2,000.

A Texas woman called police Tuesday afternoon and said her husband had been assaulted.

According to an arrest affidavit, the wife said they were driving away from the stop sign when the driver of a BMW began to honk his horn and yell at them. The wife said the driver, later identified as Jernegan, got out of his car. The husband went to meet Jernegan.

The wife told police that “Jernegan came at her husband aggressively, punched him in the face once, then got into his vehicle and left,” the affidavit states.

The 55-year-old husband was treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center. He suffered multiple facial fractures around his eye, and a doctor qualified it as serious bodily injury.

According to the affidavit, Jernegan told police the husband’s van pulled in front of him, and the husband began screaming at him. Jernegan told the husband he went out of turn at the four-way stop.

Jernegan said he was pushed by the husband, and he hit the husband in order to get away from him, the affidavit states.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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