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Son of Mahoning County Judge charged with assault in alleged road rage incident

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CANFIELD, Ohio - The teenage son of Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick is charged with assault following an alleged incident of what investigating officers describe as road rage.

According to the report from the Mahoning County Sheriff's department, 19-year-old John T. Dellick of Canfield was charged with aggravated assault Friday evening.

Deputy Jeff Saluga writes in his report that he interviewed a Boardman couple, Angelo and Anita Gomez at Tippecanoe Road and Stutz Drive in reference to a road rage incident that turned into a verbal altercation.

Angelo Gomez said that he got into a verbal argument with the driver of a silver jeep at the red light at Lockwood Boulevard and Route 224 over the driver littering from his motor vehicle. The report says the driver was later identified as John Dellick.

Gomez told the deputy that Dellick became vulgar during the argument.

When both vehicles resumed driving again, Gomez says Dellick began spiking his brakes repeatedly to get Gomez to run into the rear of his Jeep.  Gomez tells the deputy that after he passed Dellick's Jeep, Dellick began ramming the rear of Gomez's vehicle.

Gomez says to prevent being pushed off the road, he pulled into Stutz Drive. He says that Dellick also stopped, exited his vehicle, and began yelling obscenities.

Deputy Saluga says when he asked Dellick what happened, Dellick became uncooperative.  He handcuffed Dellick and placed him in a cruiser.

According to the report, one of the passenger's in Dellick's Jeep, Nick Garritano told the investigating officer that Dellick did throw something out  of the window of his vehicle. But he claims that it was Gomez who hit his brakes, causing Dellick's car to strike the rear end of the Gomez vehicle. Garritano told the officer that Dellick stepped on the gas later and struck the Gomez vehicle.

According to a statement from Anita Gomez included in the police report, the driver of the car said things like, "my mother is the judge."

She also claims that Dellick accused her and her husband of being illegals and they would have to go and "look for a green card". 

According to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services web site,  A Green Card holder is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card."

Anita Gomez finished her statement with the sentence, "I just want to say that I am a citizen."

Dellick is the son of Theresa Dellick, who has been a judge in Mahoning County since 1999, and Juvenile Court Judge since 2001.

Judge Dellick issued the following statement:

In regard to my son, we believe he has been wrongfully charged and his attorney is prepared to contest it.

We do not know how my relationship with my son was interjected at the scene anymore than how the other driver interjected his son's relationship with the Sheriff's department.

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.

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. I question the validity of the assertion because my son himself has Hispanic heritage.

Being a family that includes a public official does not exempt us from the daily issues and problems that face other families.

I have always tried to treat others with respect and consideration and at this time, I am requesting those same courtesies be extended to me and my family as we privately address this matter.

John Dellick is scheduled to appear in County Court in Canfield at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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