Armed Motorist Arrested in Road Rage Incident

March 8, 2016 Posted in Car Accident Claim, Personal Injury, Tailgating, The Villages News, Villages Auto Accident Attorney

A 61-year-old motorist was arrested Thursday after he pointed a gun at another motorist during a road rage incident.

According to an arrest affidavit, the man told Umatilla police that another motorist ran a stop sign and cut him off. He claims he only pulled out a BB gun from his glove box and put in on his dashboard to frighten the woman.

However, the woman told officers she was at the stop sign and waiting to turn onto Bulldog Lane when she thought the man was going to let her pull out in front. She said the man then pulled out what she believed was a real gun and pointed it at her before placing it on his dashboard, which scared her.

Officers confiscated the BB gun and arrested the man on aggravated assault charges. He was released from Lake County jail after he posted $2,000 bond.

Actions like tailgating, weaving through traffic, cutting off other drivers, braking suddenly, and passing on the right before cutting off other drivers too closely are all common road rage behaviors. If you are the victim of a road rage accident, there are several things you should do in order to keep yourself, as well as any passengers, safe.

First, and foremost, make sure you and your passengers are not injured. If so, seek immediate medical attention. If you are capable after the crash, try to do the following:

Call the Police. Engaging with an emotionally charged driver, can be scary, so is is usually best to call the police. If you ever feel threatened by the other driver after the accident occurs, keep the police on the line and stay in your car. Do not confront an aggressive driver.

Document the Crash. The truth is that drivers exhibiting road rage are often quick to flee the scene. Due to this, it is very important to try and record or take pictures of the accident site and license plates with a cell phone or camera. If you cannot record or get any pictures, then try to document as much information as you can immediately after the collision occurs.

Call a Villages Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton. After police and medical personnel arrive at the scene, it is important to call us. Our Villages Injury Lawyers will fight for the financial compensation you deserve.

Our Villages Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton represent road rage car accident victims throughout The Villages and surrounding areas. We will take all the necessary steps to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your accident. Contact us today online or call 352-369-5334 for your free consultation.


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