Steven Paula, 43, was arrested Friday night on a third-degree assault charge for allegedly attacking Mason Deal, 18, leaving the teen with a black eye and a concussion.
It turns out Steven Paula may have had his daughter to blame for his arrest. She recorded the attack on her smartphone and posted the video on Snapchat, according to police.
“Part of me feels bad for her thinking that it was okay to post something like that on social media and think it was funny but at the same time she gave us everything we needed and for that I’m grateful,” said Deal when he heard about the arrest.
The snap was quickly deleted but not before a screenshot was saved by a friend of the victim, police said.
The victim’s family shared the snap with police, who identified Paula as their suspect. The captured picture appears to show a much larger Paula punching Deal.
Deal said the road rage suspect tried to pass him where the two lanes merge and the two cars clipped each other.
Deal said he remembered stopping his car and seeing the driver in front of him get out of his minivan. Deal thought the man was going to ask for his insurance information but instead the man attacked him.
The teen’s father, Mike Deal, said he still can’t believe Paula’s own daughter thought it was appropriate to post a video that showed her father hitting someone over a fender bender.
“Incredibly fortunate for us, incredibly thoughtless and stupid (of her),” said Mike Deal.
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