- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 64-year-old Los Angeles County woman is accused of pepper-spraying a mail carrier in the face in a fit of road rage.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Wednesday that witnesses reported Ruby Valenzuela shouted obscenities and racial epithets at the mail carrier after she claimed her postal vehicle cut her off at an intersection April 20.

Prosecutors say Valenzuela got out of her car and followed the woman to the entrance of a building in Pasadena, where she allegedly sprayed her with pepper spray. The postal worker said she experienced severe pain and blurred vision.

Valenzuela was arrested Wednesday. She could face charges including assaulting a federal employee. It wasn’t immediately known if she has an attorney.

The Monrovia resident could face a maximum 20 years in prison if convicted.

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