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Las Vegas couple claims they were brutalized during extreme road rage

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 06:51:28-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas couple claims they were brutalized in a case of road rage and question why it is taking so long for authorities to hold someone accountable.

It happened on what was supposed to be an uneventful ride home from First Friday in May.

Jacqueline Dunkel says she was driving home with her boyfriend when she saw a pair of headlights in her rear-view mirror.

"He got aggressively to the back of my bumper and started flashing his lights," explained Dunkel.

Dunkel says she was on the US 95 carpool flyover ramp onto the Summerlin Parkway when the pick up truck driver became aggressive.

Moments later, Dunkel claims the driver threw an object at her while yelling.

"He was still behind me and he tapped me enough to move my car and I said 'perfect, let's pull over and let's get this guys information," said Dunkel.

A cell phone tracking app clocked Dunkel driving up to 90 m.p.h. at one point during the incident.

Things escalated, according to Dunkel, when the vehicles pulled over at Lake Mead Boulevard and Clark County 215.

Dunkel claims the pick-up truck driver brutalized her and her boyfriend when the exited.

"I said, what are you doing, you are taking this way to far," explained Dunkel.

"That's when he grabbed me by the neck and threw me to the ground," said Dunkel.

Dunkel says her boyfriend was also battered by the driver.

Dunkel says her boyfriend was able to snap a picture of the license plate of the pick-up truck before the driver left the scene.

The authorities arrived a short time later and began the investigation.

According to reports obtained by 13 Investigates, investigators tracked down the pick-up truck using the information provided by Dunkel and her boyfriend.

Troopers noted the pick-up truck matched the description at the owners registered Las Vegas residence.

Investigators noted the truck did not have damage that was consistent with a crash.

A man at the address, who matched the description of the person who Dunkel claims put his hands on her, denied being involved in a crash.

Authorities noted the extreme odor of alcohol coming from the man before he closed the door on investigators.

Dunkel says her vehicle was totaled in the incident and has since battled with her insurance company.

Dunkel questions why it has taken authorities weeks to get to the bottom of what happened and to hold someone accountable.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety tells 13 Investigates the matter remains under investigation.

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