By kalea hall
Judge Theresa Dellick of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court contends her son is innocent of an aggravated-assault charge.
Police arrested John Dellick, 19, who is accused in a road-rage incident that occurred at 7:45 p.m. Friday on U.S. Route 224 and Lockwood Boulevard.
“In regard to my son, we believe he has been wrongfully charged, and his attorney is prepared to contest it,” the judge wrote in a statement.
“Neither I nor my family has ever expected special treatment, and the process that my son is facing is the best proof that special treatment was never expected nor received,” she continued. “Being a family that includes a public official does not exempt us from the daily issues and problems that face other families.”
A witness and the victim told the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office that John Dellick threw something out the window while stopped at a red light at Lockwood and Route 224. Police said that act of littering prompted a confrontation between the two drivers.
John Dellick became vulgar with the man, according to a police report. Dellick, who was in front of the other driver, proceeded through the intersection but began to repeatedly hit the brakes, in an attempt to get the driver to hit his vehicle, the report said.
The other driver told police he passed Dellick to avoid any more confrontation, but Dellick proceeded to hit his car. The driver told police his car began to go sideways because of Dellick’s ramming into it.
The driver turned onto Stutz Drive and stopped. Dellick is then accused of getting out of his car and yelling obscenities at him. Some of the obscenities were racial slurs toward the driver and his wife, who was a passenger in the car, according to the report. Dellick specifically questioned the citizenship of the driver and his wife, who are both of Hispanic heritage, the report said.
“I just want to say that I am a citizen,” the passenger said in her statement to police.
The victims also claim John Dellick said, “My mother is a judge, it won’t be a problem,” and, “You don’t know who I am, my mother is a judge.”
“I do not have firsthand knowledge of what occurred at the scene, but both my family and I are supportive of all races and ethnicities,” the judge wrote. “I question the validity of the assertion because my son himself has Hispanic heritage.”
John Dellick was uncooperative with police after the incident, according to a police report. He was placed in handcuffs, put into a cruiser and taken to the Mahoning County jail. He was released Saturday after posting a $2,500 bond.
Several passengers were in the car with him. One of the passengers told police Dellick did hit the back of the victim’s car. The passenger also said it didn’t seem like Dellick attempted to run the victim off of the road.
John Dellick’s arraignment for the fourth-degree felony charge is at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.