Fairfield Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested on Separate Road Rage Charge

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FAIRFIELD -- At just 19 years old, Jefferson Tara, is no stranger to Fairfield police.

Back in February, police said he hit a 5-year-old girl with his car on San Marco Street then took off.

Thanks to witnesses and surveillance video, Tara was arrested a couple of days later.

Now, he's in trouble again. Just three months later. This time he's accused of road rage.

"During the confrontation, during the road rage incident, the 19-year-old actually pointed the weapon at the victim of the crime," Fairfield police Sgt. Matt  Bloesch said.

Tara was arrested on Tuesday on Phoenix Drive in Fairfield. He's accused of pointing a loaded handgun at another driver, then taking off.

According to police, the victim in this latest incident was able to relate Tara's information to officers, who eventually found and arrested him.

But on Thursday night, Tara wasn't behind bars. He was able to bail out, despite being arrested for a second felony.

"Everyone that's arrested has a right to bail unless it's for murder or he's considered an extreme flight risk," Bloesch said.

Tara is expected to be in court May 7.

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