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Distracted Driver Says Angry Motorist Pointed Gun at Him

Driver said another motorist brandished a weapon when he failed to immediately drive forward after a traffic light turned green.

A Marietta man said an angry motorist pointed a gun at him after he was momentarily distracted by an incoming phone call while driving near Dacula on Sept. 2.

The man said he was stopped at the intersection of Highway 316 and Hurricane Shoals Road when he looked away from the traffic light to deal with his cell phone. The man said he did not realize the light had turned green until his passenger told him so. As the man started forward, the motorist behind him allegedly honked his horn. The Marietta man said he looked into his rear view mirror as he pulled forward and saw the other motorist pointing a gun at him.

The man described the other motorist as a white male in his 20s or 30s with short hair. At the time of the incident, the male was driving a red Chevrolet pickup. The motorist eventually passed the Marietta man and continued traveling on Highway 316 into Barrow County.

The man’s passenger said he saw the motorist holding the gun, but did not see the motorist point the gun.

“He stated that when he turned around to look at the other driver, he saw that the male was holding a gun up, but was not pointing it forward,” the officer wrote in the incident report.

The Marietta man was able to provide police with the tag number of the other vehicle. The case is listed as active.

On Aug. 22, a . That case is also listed as active.

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Cowboy September 05, 2012 at 10:58 AM
As odd as this story is, The victim here also put someones life in danger. He should have known better. I see people all the time weaving while driving because they are texting. I sometimes dream about comming up behind them while they are texting and doing the pit maneuver. That would teach them.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 11:47 AM
The truth is that people who are texting and driving can be as dangerous as drunks behind the wheel. I have seen them all over the road. The phone just needs to be put away while driving.
Mom of 2 September 05, 2012 at 12:16 PM
You are forgetting that he was stopped at a red light. He can't hurt anyone if his car isn't moving.
Jimmy Orr September 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Mom of 2, you are forgetting that the light had turned green. Like Kristi implies, driving is a full time job once you get behind the wheel. If one feels the need to use a cell phone or text, they should pull into a safe location, handle their business, and return to the road keeping both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road. Driving "ain't" no part time job. I will defer to Kristi on this issue as she use to be one of Gwinnett's finest as a member of the DUI Task Force. She continues to be of of Gwinnett's finest as a journalist and Senior Editor of the Dacula Patch and Buford Patch.
Mom of 2 September 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I fully agree with Ms. Reed that texting and driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving and I have no doubts that she is a fine, upstanding citizen and journalist. However, I am merely pointing out that no where in this article does it actually state that the man was texting while driving. It says he recieved a phone call, not a text, and looked away from the light to "deal with" his phone. That could mean he just looked to see who was calling. I myself have recieved calls and looked at my phone to see who it was while sitting at a red light. I just find it interesting that everyone is mad at the guy who picked up his cell phone while sitting completely still at a red light, and not the lunatic behind him who weilded a firearm because the guy didn't move fast enough to suit him.
bobby black September 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
The driver with the gun was definitely wrong BUT if you are watching your cell phone while stopped at a red light, you are not paying attention to your driving.
Jim S September 09, 2012 at 03:29 PM
What ever happened to blowing your horn? they do it in NYC all the time. Is that because they are not allowed to have guns? Pointing a weapon at another person should be assault with intent to commit bodily harm. I would never point a weapon at another person for not moving when the light turned green, cutting me off or slamming on the brakes in front of me. This is just wrong!
Mom of 2 September 10, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Thank you Jim! I'm glad somebody is with me on this!

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