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Suspect in Arnold road rage, assault expected in court Thursday morning

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Surveillance cameras were rolling during what appears to be an act of road rage occurred in Arnold. Credit: KMOV Surveillance cameras were rolling during what appears to be an act of road rage occurred in Arnold. Credit: KMOV

ARNOLD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Scott Heatherly, 50, of Arnold, is expected in court Thursday morning following a road rage incident in a Walgreens parking lot Dec. 8.

Heatherly's attorney is expected to ask that his bond be reduced during the hearing at 10:30 a.m.

Heatherly turned himself in after being accused of an assault that appeared to have been brought on by road rage and was caught on surveillance camera, according to the Arnold Police Department.

The victim, who asked not to be identified out of fear of her assailant, was driving home when a truck started tailgating her along Interstate 55.

Police said the man behind the wheel of the blue GMC Sierra was Heatherly.

Read: Woman says she's feared Arnold road rage suspect 'for decades' 

Earlier in the week, Attorney Daris Almond, Jr. told News 4 that he represents Heatherly and he was working with the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office on a plan for his client to turn himself in. Heatherly reportedly turned himself into officials at 11:25 a.m. Dec. 15.

After the video surfaced, Heatherly was charged with second-degree assault and first and second-degree property damage in relation to the incident.

According to investigators, Heatherly’s truck was so closely behind the victim’s vehicle she said she couldn’t see its headlights. She decided to pull into the Walgreens parking lot off Vogel Road because it was lit and populated. Heatherly then got out of his car and started yelling at her.

In surveillance video from the Walgreens cameras, the suspect could be seen kicking her car repeatedly. When she got out of her car and tried to take a picture of his license plate, he sprinted at her and tackled her onto the concrete. He then wrenched her phone from her hand and threw it across the parking lot. 

Bystanders saw the attack and began to close in, so Heatherly jumped into his truck and sped away, nearly running the victim over on his way out of the parking lot. 

Heatherly has an extensive criminal record that spans more than two decades, with charges including abuse and stalking.

News 4 spoke with the mother of Heatherly's son, Gidget Laurent. She said her and her son endured years of harassment and abuse from Heatherly, including on New Year's Eve in 2009 when Laurent said he strangled her in front of their then-14-year-old son.

Heatherly served a year in prison for strangling Laurent.

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