A 51-year-old driver is in jail after he reportedly shot another car with a pellet gun in what the Utah Highway Patrol is calling a “road rage incident” on Interstate 15.
According to a probable cause statement, the victim was following another car in the southbound HOV lane in Kaysville on Monday at about 2:40 p.m. She passed him on the right, angering him. The man then tailgated the woman’s car, so she “tapped her brakes … to tell him to back off.”
Instead, the man sped up beside the victim’s car on the passenger side, and fired “at least four shots” from a pellet gun, hitting the windshield and the passenger side windows and doors.
Neither the woman nor he passenger were injured, but police estimated the damage to her car was “at least” $2,000.
Witnesses alerted police that the suspect exited the highway in Centerville, and he was arrested without incident at a gas station, according to police. He had two passengers in his car — his minor children.
When his car was searched, UHP troopers found a “pellet handgun” as well as multiple containers of marijuana, a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia. According to police, the man had a valid medical marijuana card. However, smoking cannabis is not allowed under Utah law.
The suspect was booked into the Davis County jail for investigation of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bail.
Five days earlier, a Pleasant Grove man was shot to death after another road rage incident on I-15