Police: Driver punched for going the speed limit in school zone

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SEAFORD, Va. (WAVY) – The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said a man who drove the speed limit got punched in the face for it Thursday morning on Seaford Road.

School will be starting soon at Seaford Elementary and the sheriff’s office has been preparing drivers to slow down, said Lt. Dennis Ivey.

“We coordinated with the school system to cut all of our 25 miles per hour school zones on early because we wanted people to get used to seeing them and comply with it,” Ivey said.

Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Ivey said one driver was assaulted for complying with the speed limit.

“He slows down, does 25, a guy rides up behind him in a gray Caravan, don’t know the year. He rides up behind him and starts tailgating and then eventually passes him, slams on the brakes in front of him,” Ivey said.

At that point, Ivey said the suspect went up to the victim’s vehicle, slammed the door on him, and punched him in the jaw.

“The guy wasn’t hurt, you know, severely, but I mean, he was assaulted and he called him a nasty name, and I guess he was just upset because school’s not in session and he thought he needs to be going faster,” Ivey said.

The victim then called to file a police report. Ivey said the situation could have become even more dangerous.

“What if he’s an armed citizen and he’s in fear of his life and he shoots this guy? I mean, it could have gone bad for the guy who comes over and attacks this man.”

Ivey said the sheriff’s office commends the victim for driving the speed limit. Drivers who feel threatened by anyone approaching their vehicle should lock their doors and try to drive away safely, he said.

Ivey said they were not aware of any witnesses to the assault, but hope the suspect lives in the area and someone knows him.

The victim was only able to provide a vague description of the suspect and said he is a white male, approximately six feet tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and a goatee, driving a dark gray Dodge Caravan.

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