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Woman released after ‘drug deal gone bad’; no road rage involved

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Posted at 10:33 AM, May 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-27 13:49:33-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE -- Police say an incident originally reported as road rage turned out to be a misunderstanding.

A tweet from the Utah Department of Public Safety Monday morning said a person was hit by a car in a parking lot at 3300 S 300 W following a road rage incident.

After officers arrived at the scene, they said that wasn't the case.

"Once we got here, we found out that it was a drug deal that'd gone bad," said Sgt. Matt Budd, South Salt Lake Police Department. "It'd started downtown. The female that was reported as the victim came down to this area, where she proceeded to run into the drug dealer's car with her car."

Budd said the woman then got into the other vehicle and began beating on the other driver, who allegedly sold the woman phony drugs. The other driver then fled the scene, police said.

Officers said the woman was very honest with them about the incident and they allowed her to leave.

Police remind the public that they are very busy during the Memorial Day weekend and they urge everyone to drive safely and stay out of trouble.