ST. GEORGE – Two men were arrested Saturday after a honked horn in the middle of traffic led to a road rage incident in St. George which then turned into a physical altercation with both men pulling out knives.
Just after 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to The Outlets at Zion parking lot, 250 N. Red Cliffs Drive, in St. George on reports of an assault, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
When officers arrived, they spoke with 18-year-old John Thomas Dorosky, of Leeds.
“John told me he intentionally backed into a vehicle on Red Cliffs Dr., in a travel lane,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement.
Dorosky backed into the vehicle behind him in a fit of road rage, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said, because the driver of the vehicle behind Dorosky honked her horn at him.
“The traffic light turned green and when the leading vehicle did not go, the following vehicle honked its horn,” Holmes said. “The lead vehicle intentionally backed up and hit the front bumper of the rear vehicle and then drove forward.”
Consequently, the female driver of the vehicle Dorosky hit followed him into a parking lot to request insurance information. After looking at her car, Dorosky told police he didn’t feel there was any damage, so he walked away from the driver, the statement said.
After about 20 minutes had passed, Dorosky said the driver’s boyfriend, identified as 39-year-old Thomas Charles Jacques, of St. George, showed up. According to the statement, the two men then began arguing and shouting at each other.
“During the course of the argument,” the arresting officer wrote, “both John and Thomas pulled out knives and displayed them to each other.”
The verbal altercation subsequently escalated into a physical altercation in the drive thru exit of Starbucks, the statement said, and was witnessed by at least five different people who filled out police statements.
The two men were reportedly hitting, punching and kicking each other in the parking lot.
When police arrived on scene, witnesses said Jacques had left the scene in a white GMC pickup truck. The truck was located and stopped near 1400 E. St. George Boulevard.
When questioned, Jacques told police his girlfriend called and told him another driver hit her vehicle then left the scene, the statement said. She then said she was waiting by both vehicles in The Outlets at Zion parking lot.
After arriving in the parking lot, Jacques said he got into a verbal argument with Dorosky, according to the probable cause statement. He and Dorosky both brandished knives while they were shouting at each other, Jacques told police.
“Thomas said the knives were put away, but the argument became physical,” the arresting officer wrote. “He said they both were on the ground punching and kicking and hitting each other.”
Jacques told police he got up from the ground and got away from Dorosky, and then got in his truck and decided to leave, the statement said. However, witnesses told police Jacques did more than simply drive away.
“I spoke with 5 independent witnesses that told me Thomas intentionally rammed the front of his pickup into the driver side of John’s vehicle,” the arresting officer wrote. “The impact caused more than $1500 in damage to three different vehicles. Thomas then left the scene of the crash.”
Both Dorosky and Jacques were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Dorosky was charged with a class A misdemeanor for the threat or use of a dangerous weapon in a fight, a class B misdemeanor for assault, a class C misdemeanor for failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and an infraction for improper backing. His bail was set at $3,770.
Dorosky’s court arraignment is scheduled for next Monday afternoon.
Jacques was charged with two class A misdemeanor for the threat or use of a dangerous weapon in a fight and criminal mischief for intentionally damaging property, a class B misdemeanor for assault, a class C misdemeanor for failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and an infraction for disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $5,620.
Jacques’ court arraignment is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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