The suspect’s bail in Thursday’s road rage incident on Highway 99 has been increased to $1,205,375 due to hospital reports that the victim sustained brain injuries and possible paralysis.
The 26-year-old victim from Tracy had been airlifted to the U.C. Medical Center in Sacramento. The road rage suspect is scheduled to appear at the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Jeffrey Orion Connell, 34, was boxed in on the side of Highway 99 Thursday afternoon by other motorists who saw him flee the scene some three quarters of a mile south of where the accident happened just south of French Camp Road in the south bound lanes, according to the CHP. One of the suspect’s front tires had gone flat and he was forced to slow and come to a stop, officers said.
Connell has also been convicted of another reckless driving violation in the past, according to the Sheriff’s website.
He was also charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon, (his pickup truck) as he reportedly turned into the outside lane cutting the other driver off in a continuing display of road rage, witnesses told officers.