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Man arrested in Methuen road rage incident; woman ‘covered in mud’ with face lacerations

Authorities on Monday arrested a Manchester, N.H. man for allegedly delivering a severe beating to a young woman last week during a road rage incident on a Methuen highway, Massachusetts State Police said.

Joseph Falero, 37, was nabbed around 8 a.m. Monday in Manchester, according to State Police.

He’s charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and motor vehicle violations, said David Procopio, a spokesman for Massachusetts State Police.

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“The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred shortly after 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6,” Procopio said in a statement. “Troopers from the Andover Barracks responded to a report of a woman being assaulted on the side of Route 93 northbound in Methuen. On scene, troopers found a 30-year-old woman suffering from significant injuries and facial lacerations. The woman was covered in mud and snow and appeared to be in shock.”

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Procopio said investigators determined that Falero side-swiped the woman’s car with his Honda Civic.

“Both drivers exited their cars,” Procopio said. “When the woman attempted to call police, the man began severely beating her in the face, and when she fell to the ground he kicked her in the face, neck, and back. The woman began to lose consciousness. The suspect fled before Troopers arrived. The suspect’s Honda Civic was later recovered abandoned in Manchester.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when Falero will be brought back to Massachusetts to face the charges.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.