Road rage in Gorst leads to arrest on DUI, weapon charges for Federal Way man
June 21, 2010 · Updated 11:58 AM
A 26-year-old Federal Way man was arrested Saturday night on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and brandishing a weapon after an apparent road rage incident.
According to Washington State Patrol (WSP), the altercation occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in Gorst.
Two vehicles were reportedly traveling southbound on State Route 3 near where traffic merges onto State Route 304.
One of the drivers became enraged by the actions of the other driver and started obstructing oncoming traffic.
The hostile conduct of the two drivers continued heading eastbound on State Route 16 until the suspect exited onto State Route 160, where he brandished a firearm out of his window and pointed it at the victim.
The victim immediately called 911 from a cellular phone and provided emergency dispatch with a description of the man’s vehicle.
The vehicle was discovered a short time later in the parking lot of a local restaurant.
The driver of the suspect vehicle emerged from the restaurant and proceeded eastbound on SR-16, where officers pulled the car over.
Upon investigation, officers found a .45-caliber handgun in the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect was arrested for DUI and unlawful display of a firearm and booked into the Kitsap County Jail on $10,000 bail.
As a result of the incident, WSP is encouraging motorists observing erratic or unsafe driving to not engage other drivers but to instead, report the incident by calling 911 and providing a description and location of the vehicle.