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2 Morris County residents charged with assault following road rage incident

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two Ledgewood residents were charged following a Saturday afternoon road rage incident in Washington Township.

Elizabeth Jacobus,48, was charged with simple assault.

Todd Cole, 56, was charged with simple assault, DWI, and reckless driving.

Officers responded at 4:08 p.m. to the Target parking lot, located at 68 Route 46, for a report of a physical disturbance, police said.

Upon the officers arrival, they observed Cole and a 16-year-old boy both to be covered in blood, police said.

A police investigation revealed that there was a road rage incident between two vehicles on Route 46 in Mount Olive Township which continued into Washington Township and ended in the Target parking lot. At this point Cole exited his vehicle and approached the passenger, who was the 16-year-old boy, of the other vehicle involved and allegedly punched him in the face, which resulted in a fight to continue, police said.

A passenger from Cole’s vehicle, who was identified as Jacobus, exited the vehicle and allegedly began to assault the juvenile as well, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle, who was identified as Joao Costa, was also allegedly assaulted by Cole and Jacobus, police said.

The boy was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and Costa refused medical assistance, police said.

Cole and Jacobus were placed under arrest and transported to Washington Township Police Headquarters. Both were later released with a pending court appearance.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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