Road rage in a Kia: Driver charged after using her car to ram another vehicle, police say

A woman was charged with aggravated assault after road rage incident

HOUSTON – A woman has been charged after police said she used her vehicle as a weapon in a road rage incident in the west Houston area.

The incident happened on May 26 in the northbound lanes of the West Loop near Westheimer, according to authorities.

According to court records, Alexander Hoffman was driving in the far left lane when he noticed a maroon, four-door Kia that had been trying to pass him for “some time.”

Hoffman said there was traffic so he had to brake. At that point, the driver of the Kia “drove into the shoulder lane to (Hoffman’s) left … starting ramming the side of (his) vehicle multiple times,” according to court documents.

The driver of the Kia, identified as 28-year-old Chassity Haynes, then flipped Hoffman off and attempted to leave the scene, court documents show.

Hoffman said he contacted police before he began following Haynes. A passenger who was with Hoffman took a video of Haynes and her vehicle and license plate.

As they were following her, Hoffman said Haynes then rammed into his vehicle multiple times, causing injury to his shoulder. Hoffman said he was forced to pull over.

According to Hoffman, he was told by a doctor that he sustained “level three separation” in his right shoulder. He decided to file charges against Haynes.

Police said that “an automobile, when being used as a weapon, is capable of causing serious bodily injury or death.” Therefore, Haynes was subsequently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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