Two Fairfield residents — a man and a woman — were arrested Tuesday after a road rage incident escalated into a physical altercation, according to a police report released Wednesday morning.
Police said the incident took place shortly after 9 p.m. on Black Rock Turnpike near the intersection of Stillson Road. A 24-year-old woman — the one arrested — had called police to report that she had been punched in the face during a road rage incident, the report states.
According to police, the woman, Bianca Brillant, was driving southbound on Black Rock Tpke when a Honda CRV started to “brake check” her, almost causing her to rear-end the vehicle. At the intersection, she reportedly got out of her car and approached the operator to inquire why he was “brake checking” her.
Brilliant told police that the man, identified as Jason Oliveira, 33, punched her in the face, called her a racial slur and then drove away. She sustained a bloody lip and refused medical attention at the scene, police said.Oliveira told police that Brilliant walked up to his driver’s window and started yelling vulgarities at him. He stated that he pushed her face with his left hand after she put her head inside his window. Oliveira had a small bruise on his left finger, police said.
Oliveira, of Congress Street, was charged with third-degree assault, intimidation based on bias or bigotry, and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $10,000 bond and was given a court date of Feb. 12.
Brillant, of Villa Avenue, was charged with second-degree breach of peace. She was released on a written promise to appear in court on Feb. 12.