Davis deputy victim of road rage incident

Nov 8 2012 - 10:20pm



KAYSVILLE -- Road rage can involve anyone, including a sheriff's official.

Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen was the target of a man's anger during the early Thursday morning commute.

"At 5:50 in the morning, are you kidding? That's too early to be that angry," Poulsen said. "People are just trying to get to work."

Poulsen was driving south on U.S. 89, in the right lane, heading to Farmington in an unmarked white Ford Explorer. Traffic was going between 55 and 60 mph.

She approached a slower vehicle and signaled to move into the left lane.

"There was plenty of room, and I sped up to keep up with the traffic flow," Poulsen said.

The vehicle behind her "accelerated and came up on my bumper to the point I could see the top of his hood in my rear view mirror," Poulsen said. "I knew then I was going to pull him over."

The driver then swerved into the right lane without signaling.

Poulsen moved into the right lane behind the man and was preparing to activate her police lights.

The man then braked, stopped in the lane of travel and got out of his car "with his fists balled up and his shoulders squaring off," Poulsen said.

At that moment, Poulsen's police lights came on.

"And that spark of recognition came into his eyes that this was law enforcement," Poulsen said.

Poulsen cited the man, whom she described as a regular businessman, with aggressive and reckless driving. That ticket carries a $623 fine, Poulsen said.

Poulsen gives kudos to the other commuters who drove safely around her vehicle and the man walking in the lane of travel.

She is asking all drivers to "be aware of your own emotions when you're behind the wheel."

If any drivers feel their blood boiling, they should take some deep breaths because, Poulsen said, road rage "can be very dangerous and deadly."

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