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Levittown man arraigned in road rage case

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, was arrested March 16, 2015,

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, was arrested March 16, 2015, in Levittown after a road rage in which another driver was injured, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A Levittown man who was charged with pressing a screwdriver into a man's neck during a March road rage incident was arraigned Tuesday, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office.

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, was charged by the grand jury with felony third-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing and second-degree reckless endangerment, Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas' office said in a news release.

Mulqueen surrendered to Nassau police on May 4 after the March 16 incident in which detectives said he was aggressively tailgating a 47-year-old man at about 11:30 a.m. on Newbridge Road in the vicinity of North Bellmore Road in Levittown. The man pulled over to let Mulqueen pass, but instead Mulqueen pulled in front of the man, got out of the vehicle and held a screwdriver to the man's neck, according to police. He then held him down with a forearm and snatched the car's keys from the ignition, police said at the time.

Mulqueen struggled with the victim, who fell to the ground as he tried to get his keys back, police said. Mulqueen then tossed the keys into a wooded area and left the scene, police said. The victim was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released, police said at the time.

On Tuesday, Nassau Court of Claims Judge Philip Grella continued bail at $30,000 bond or $15,000 cash, and Mulqueen is due back in court on July 29. If convicted of the top count, Mulqueen faces a maximum of 31/2 to 7 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Mulqueen's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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