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N.Y. state Senate candidate jailed

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A Long Island, N.Y., state Senate candidate was charged and jailed in connection with a road-rage incident involving his ex-girlfriend, authorities said.

Dave Mejias, 39, a former Nassau County legislator and a Democratic candidate in the 6th Senate District, was charged with misdemeanor stalking, menacing and reckless endangerment Wednesday after tailgating his ex-girlfriend who failed to reply to his text messages, the New York Post reported Friday.

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Mejias allegedly followed his 34-year-old ex and twice forced her into evasion maneuvers.

The second time Mejias cut her off, he banged on the woman's car hood and tried to yank her door open while "ranting and screaming at his former girlfriend," Nassau detective Sgt. Anthony Repalone said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, fled to her parent's home nearby, where she called police who subsequently arrested Mejias.

"Even after a night in jail, I strongly support the policy" of arresting domestic-violence suspects, Mejias said. After he was released on bail, he said he had "nothing to hide" and would be cleared of the charges, the newspaper reported.

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