Police conducted a high-risk traffic stop on a man who allegedly fired a gun to intimidate another driver in an apparent act of road rage.
Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to Highway 30 after a traffic complaint regarding a commercial motor vehicle was reported. Police said the reporting party thought they had heard gunshots.
OSP, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Rainier Police Department took part in arresting the suspect. According to a report posted by OSP on social media, after searching the vehicle and interviewing the suspect, the driver admitted to firing two bullets from 9mm handgun “into the air to scare the other driver.”
OSP said at around 1:54 p.m. on Sept. 26, a suspect driving a white freight truck was reportedly tailgating another motorist near milepost 84 of Highway 30. After allegedly shooting two bullets out of his window, the suspect’s vehicle was stopped near milepost 64.
According to OSP, the suspect was cooperative and a loaded semiautomatic pistol was discovered in the cab of his vehicle. The suspect was identified as James John Nicholson, 45, of Longview, Washington. Nicholson was booked and released at the Clatsop County Jail for felony unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, and reckless driving/endangering.
OSP said the incident was a reminder that you never know who is behind the wheel of the next vehicle. “If you #SeeSomethingSaySomething call *OSP to report a driving complaint on any of #Oregon highways,” OSP posted on social media.