Jury convicts Navy veteran in Unity road-rage case
Jurors on Thursday convicted a former Latrobe man of assault charges for punching a motorist last year in a road rage incident in Unity.
After more than five hours of deliberations, the Westmoreland County jury found Sean Frazier guilty of two counts of simple assault and one charge of reckless endangerment in connection with the Oct. 12 incident in which police accused him of pulling a gun on a father and his teenage daughter.
Frazier, 26, now of Baldwin, Allegheny County, drove on Theater Street when a vehicle operated by Thomas Sarp attempted to pass as he turned from Route 30, police said. Frazier sped up to prevent the move, then stopped his car and blocked traffic before he got out of his vehicle, walked up to Sarp’s window and punched him in the jaw. Frazier then pulled out a black handgun and pointed it at Sarp before getting back in his car and driving away, police said.
Sarp’s 16-year-old daughter sat next to him during the incident, police said.
″(Sarp) testified he grabbed his daughter below the dash and that he feared they were going to get shot,” said Assistant District Attorney Pete Flanigan.
Defense attorney Tim Andrews told jurors that Frazier, a Navy veteran with no criminal record, was guilty of one simple assault charge.
“He lost his cool,” Andrews said. “They exchanged words. He admitted to simple assault, but he denied any intent to put them in danger.”
The jury found Frazier not guilty of one count each of simple assault and reckless endangerment against Sarp’s daughter.
A verdict could not be reached on one count of illegal possession of a firearm. Common Pleas Judge Tim Krieger said he will evaluate the case and determine if Frazier will be retried on that charge.
Frazier will remain free on $50,000 bail pending a sentencing hearing in about three months.