Road rage incident results in charges

The Comox Valley RCMP have arrested and charged a 37-year-old man in relation to an apparent road rage incident on the night of May 19.

  • May. 20, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Comox Valley RCMP have arrested and charged a 37-year-old man in relation to an apparent road rage incident on the night of May 19.

The investigation revealed the incident started with a 2002 Ford Escape tailgating a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado truck  while heading south on the Dyke (Comox) Road in Courtenay.

The 31-year-old driver of the Chevrolet pickup is alleged to have slammed on its brakes, which led the driver of the Ford Escape to swerve. Both drivers appear to have exchanged heated words at this point, and the driver of the Ford Escape is alleged to have pulled out a handgun (now known to be a pellet gun), and fired it in the direction of the other vehicle.

The driver of the Ford Escape was located by police in his vehicle a short time later, and was arrested by responding officers at gun point. He is now facing charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

A 21-year-old female passenger in the vehicle is also facing charges of obstruction. Both will be attending court at a later date.

“This is a reminder of how quickly incidents of aggressive driving can escalate into criminal acts,” states Const. Don Sinclair of the Comox Valley RCMP.

“Any gun, whether imitation or not, that is used to threaten or intimidate another person is considered a weapon and we will pursue criminal charges against the person using it.”

Just Posted

Lots to do and see at 145th annual Comox Valley Exhibition

The 145th annual Comox Valley Exhibition offered plenty Friday through Monday, with… Continue reading

VIDEO: Courtenay woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

Fundraisers in place long-time Comox Valley chef

Peter Bradley recovering from emergency brain surgery

Last Simms Park concert of the season to double as a food bank fundraiser

Bring a donation for the food bank to the My Generation concert, Sunday, Aug. 25

City of Courtenay adds pickleball courts Martin Park lacrosse box

Lacrosse, pickleball, and recreational ball hockey players in the Comox Valley can… Continue reading

VIDEO: Courtenay woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

Island murder victim’s mom expresses outrage over mental fitness decision of the accused

Smith vows to keep fighting until justice served for Descoteau

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Most Read