Ewing man who brutally attacked Jackson woman in road rage incident pleads guilty
The Ewing man who brutally attacked a woman in Jackson following a road rage incident has plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threats, DWI and Eluding.
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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced the guilt plea of Michael Mahan, 38, on Wednesday in connection to the attack in Jackson on May 8, 2021.
At the time of his sentencing on November 19, 2021, Prosecutor Billhimer said that the State will recommend a term of eight years in New Jersey State Prison on the Eluding charge and five years on the Terroristic Threats and Aggravated Assault charges, with the sentences running concurrently.
Mahan had followed a woman home on May 8 where outside the residence he held a knife to her neck, cut her face, threatened to kill her and punched her in the face.
When a neighbor intervened and called 9-1-1, Mahan fled the area only to be spotted by Jackson Police who tried to pull him over on Toms River Road.
The pursuit was terminated as Mahan drove at a high rate of speed which led to him crashing into another vehicle on West Veterans Highway while trying to turn his vehicle.
He then crashed into another vehicle forcing it off the road.
Mahan's vehicle traveled another 500-feet before becoming disabled.
He was then arrested.
Mahan was then taken to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood for investigators to secure a blood sample to determine whether he was operating the motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and laboratory results from the blood draw later confirmed that his blood alcohol level was .14 – nearly twice the legal limit under New Jersey law.
From there, Mahan was brought to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged ever since.
The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The occupants of the two vehicles struck by Mahan were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Prosecutor Billhimer said that Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni handled the case on behalf of the State.