Road rage victim accused of committing road rage herself.
A Bend woman who generated global headlines as the victim in a brutal alleged road rage attack last weekend was charged Friday as the aggressor in a separate alleged road rage incident.
Megan Lea Stackhouse, 34, was charged Friday in Deschutes County Circuit Court with fourth-degree assault for allegedly punching a woman in the face after twice crashing into her on Mother’s Day.
Stackhouse is the former president of the Human Dignity Coalition in Bend. She and her fiancee, Lucinda Mann, have accused Jay Allen Barbeau, 49, of Redmond, of beating Stackhouse in the head and breaking her arm with his bare hands, and knocking Mann unconscious by throwing her to the ground.
Stackhouse told The Bulletin earlier this week it was “one of the most horrific experiences” of her life.
Barbeau faces charges that include second-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving.
But in May, Stackhouse is said to have been the one who lashed out violently and terrified another driver, according to court records. Her alleged victim in that case, Cheryl Norton, told The Bulletin on Friday she was shocked when she read Stackhouse had been a road rage victim to a man with no prior criminal history. Norton said the woman who crashed into her on Mother’s Day and punched her in the face was “imposing and very aggressive.”
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