Man accused of punching teen in face during Volusia road-rage fight

Joseph Tombley arrested in New Smyrna Beach

Joseph Tombley.
Joseph Tombley.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A 47-year-old New Smyrna Beach man was arrested on allegations of punching a teenage driver in the face during a road-rage dispute.

Joseph Tombley was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse without great harm.

According to authorities, the teen, whose girlfriend was in the car, pulled out of a Dairy Queen and started to travel south on U.S. 1. Tombley came up behind the teen's car and began yelling, officials said.

Both cars stopped in traffic, and Tombley got out of his car and approached the teen, authorities said.

The teen got out of his car, and Tombley punched him in the face and threw him to the ground, officials said.

Authorities said a bystander broke up the fight, and the victim's girlfriend called 911.

Tombley drove off but was tracked down by law enforcement officers, who arrested him and took him to jail.

The victim suffered a minor cut near his nose, a bruise on his neck and scratches on his shoulder and back, officials said.

Tombley, the man who was arrested has since bonded out of jail.  The teen's mom told News 6 that her son is OK but will be going to the doctor as a precaution.

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