SOUTHINGTON – A Hart Street man is facing assault and road rage charges after he allegedly punched a woman in the face after tail-gating her vehicle last week.
Paul Haburay, 58, of Hart St., was driving on Marion Avenue June 9 at around 8:19 p.m. when a female driver drove up behind his pickup truck, police said.
The woman told officers that the truck suddenly swerved to the left and then pulled to the ride side of the road, so she passed him. The victim continued on but noticed that the truck driven by Haburay was following her so closely she feared the vehicle would rear-end hers, police said.
She pulled into a parking lot on Marion Avenue with the truck following closely behind, she said. When she got out of her vehicle, Haburay got out of the truck and began yelling at her about what happened on the road, she told police. Then without warning, Haburay allegedly punched the woman under her left eye, police said.
She went into a building and was able to get the license plate number of Haburay’s truck. The woman suffered swelling under her eye but declined treatment.
Habuary was taken into custody at his home and charged with third-degree assault and operation of a motor vehicle with intent to harass or intimidate. He was released on $2,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court July 19.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.