Steven Paula Busted for Road Rage Punchout After His Daughter Posts Video on Snapchat
A note to teenagers who think they need to post Every Single Thing on social media: It's probably not a good idea to share a video of your dad punching someone out -- because it could end with him going to jail, and becoming our latest Schmuck of the Week.
Which brings us to the story of Steven Paula.
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The tale told by Fox31 begins at around 4:55 p.m. on November 8. Mason Deal, eighteen, was driving near Jordan Road and Bradbury Parkway, at a point where a pair of lanes merge into one.
According to Deal, a minivan tried to pass him rather than yielding, and the two vehicles made contact.
A moment later, Deal stopped and watched the minivan's driver dismount. But instead of offering to exchange insurance information, the guy punched Deal in the face, giving him a concussion.
Moments later, Mr. Minivan split, and since Deal had been incapacitated by the blow, he probably would have gotten away clean.
Why didn't he? Turns out Paula's daughter had taken some video of the incident and sent it to a friend on Snapchat.
Items on Snapchat are supposed to vanish after viewing, but canny users know how to grab screen shots. That's what happened in this case -- after which the daughter's friend sent this image....
...to someone who knew Deal.
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You can guess what happened next. After receiving a copy of the image from Deal's family, investigators with the Parker Police Department traced it to Paula, who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.
Below, see Paula's mug shot, followed by the Fox31 report, in which Deal's father calls the decision by Paula's daughter "stupid" and the station's correspondent dubs it "dumb." Talk about the Schmuck of the Week sweet spot.
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