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Easley woman says driver's road rage shifted into high gear

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Easley police are looking for this man they say is involved in a hit-and-run. (Courtesy: Heather Parlier/ July 29, 2014) Easley police are looking for this man they say is involved in a hit-and-run. (Courtesy: Heather Parlier/ July 29, 2014)
Easley woman says man backed into SUV. (Courtesy: Heather Parlier) Easley woman says man backed into SUV. (Courtesy: Heather Parlier)
Sergio Perez (Source: Easley PD) Sergio Perez (Source: Easley PD)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

People have seen or snapped silly pictures on their phones. Back on June 20, Heather Parlier took one of a man in Easley after she says he hit her SUV.

"He said, 'If you want to take a picture of something, why don't you take a picture of me?'" Parlier said.

So she did, but didn't find the picture funny at all. She says the man stuck out his tongue and approached her in a threatening manner.

"I took his picture right there at my car," Parlier said.

She tried to find who she calls the tongue-taunting man. Usually, her dogs protect her. But the 5' tall self-proclaimed feisty family woman is also a permit-packing pistol holder. She said as she waited at a light on Town Center Way in Easley at one point, she thought she may have had to use it.

"The man behind me apparently got tired of waiting. He just cut from behind me," Parlier said.

She said the man almost hit her as she made a left turn.

"So, of course, I blew my horn at him," she said.

And when the two drove to a light to turn onto Highway 123, Parlier said the man's road rage shifted into high gear.

"He put his car in reverse and then he took it out of reverse and put it in drive," Parlier said.

But, instead of grabbing her .380, she picked up her phone and snapped several pictures of the van the man was driving.

"And he finally backed up until he hit me," she said.

Parlier said there was damage to the front bumper of her SUV because of the hit.

"He approached my vehicle in a threatening manner," she said."

That's when Parlier continued to take pictures and the man stuck out his tongue. She also used her phone to call 911. She said that's when the driver jumped back into his van and took off.

"I want justice," Parlier said.

On Tuesday, Easley police said they had a person of interest in the case. A day later, Major Tim Tollison with the Easley Police Department said that Sergio Perez had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Perez, 44, was charged with hit and run causing damage to an attended vehicle, according to warrants. The arrest warrant states that Perez was identified using a photo taken and DMV information.

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