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Saturday, March 24 News

Two drivers charged in road rage incident

UPDATE: According to the state's attorney, the case against Bianca Brillant was dismissed.

A road rage incident Tuesday night near the busy Black Rock Turnpike-Stillson Road intersection boiled over into a confrontation resulting in assault and racial bias charges filed against one of the two drivers, while both were cited for breach of peace.

The incident took place shortly after 9 p.m. when police said Bianca Brillant, 24, of Villa Avenue, provoked the incident when she left her vehicle and approached the Honda CRV driven by Jason Oliveira, 33, of Congress Street, and accused him of "brake checking" his vehicle as they traveled south on Black Rock Turnpike, nearly causing her to rear-end his vehicle, according to the report.

Oliveira rolled down his window, police said, and words were exchanged -- Oliveira told police that Brillant yelled vulgarities at him and Brillant reported that Oliveira called her a racist name.

Then, police said, Oliveira punched Brillant in the face and drove off. She suffered a bloody lip, but declined medical attention at the scene, police said.

Oliveira later told police that he had pushed back when Brillant poked her head inside his vehicle and shouted at him. He had a small bruise on his left finger, police said.

Brillant was charged with second-degree breach of peace, and released on a written promise to appear Feb. 12 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Oliveira faces charges of third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and intimidation based on bias or bigotry. Bond was set at $10,000 and he is scheduled to appear Feb. 12 in Bridgeport Superior Court.