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Arnold road rage suspect released from jail

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(Credit: Arnold Police Department) (Credit: Arnold Police Department)

Accused road rage attacker Scott Heatherly was released from the Jefferson County jail Thursday after posting bond.

At a hearing earlier in the day, his attorney failed to persuade a judge to lower the cash-only, $50,000 bond but the judge did agree to allow Heatherly to post a surety bond.

Attorney Daris Clinton Almond, Jr said, "There are other cases in which the bond would be lower and there would be fewer conditions. However under these conditions, we've all seen the video, and I understand how the judge found himself making that decision."

Surveillance video captured a man tackling a woman in an Arnold Walgreens parking lot after a road rage incident on I-55. Police identified the man in the video as Heatherly and charged him with second-degree assault and first and second-degree property damage.

In the bond hearing the victim of the attack, Danielle Burke, told the judge the attack has caused her to have panic attacks and she's afraid to leave her house alone. 

Burke told News 4, "It's just been terrifying, the whole situation's just terrifying."

As Heatherly left the jail he turned to a News 4 camera and said, "You guys already made me look guilty on TV, I don't think there's anything to say that will make it look better."

As a condition of his release, Heatherly is required to wear a GPS monitoring device, he's not allowed to drive or have any contact with Burke and will be on 24-hour house arrest.

The judge said he would be allowed to leave home once he secured a job but would have to tell the court where it is and where he'll be at all times that he's away from home.

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