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Man Charged With Pointing Gun During Road Rage Incident

Confrontation between two Hamilton Mill residents occurred at the intersection of Hamilton Mill Road and Braselton Highway.

A Dacula man’s irritation over another man’s driving led to a May 18 confrontation at the intersection of Hamilton Mill Road and Braselton Highway.

According to the Gwinnett County Police incident report, the victim was on the way home from a Hamilton Mill area restaurant with his two children, ages 10 and 12, when he stopped in the turn lane on Hamilton Mill Road waiting to turn left onto Braselton Highway. The victim told police that a man, later identified as Charlton Kinkead, 45, of 3614 Autumn Sage Court in Dacula, pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle and screamed at him to “watch his driving.”

The victim said he and Kinkead began arguing. Kinkead then allegedly pulled out a black revolver, pointed it at the victim and then placed the weapon on his dashboard. The victim said he immediately stopped arguing with Kinkead and fell behind him once both vehicles turned left onto Braselton Highway.

The victim called 911 and followed Kinkead until they reached the Hamilton Mill subdivision where both men live.

When interviewed by police, Kinkead said the victim had cut him off in traffic nearly causing an accident. Kinkead said he pulled alongside the victim and “told [the victim] to drive more carefully.” According to Kinkead, the victim yelled, “I’m going to kick your ass!” Kinkead said that threat prompted him to remove his revolver and place it on the dashboard to show the other man he was armed. Kinkead said the victim continued to yell at him and mock him from the intersection of Hamilton Mill Road and Braselton Highway to the intersection of Braselton Highway and Jim Moore Road. Kinkead said the victim followed him all the way home.

Based on the testimony of the victim and his two children, Kinkead was arrested and charged with pointing or aiming a gun or pistol at another. He was taken to the Gwinnett County Jail and was released five hours later on a $1,300 bond.

AOL Autos offers several defensive driving tips to help motorists avoid road rage situations and the risk of injury or death in a crash. Additionally, the AAA Foundation encourages motorists to avoid offending or engaging aggressive drivers and has an online quiz to help motorists determine if their driving behaviors are aggressive.

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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Considering the lane markings and traffic flow in this area, I’m kinda surprised this is a rare occurrence. (You can put only so much lipstick on a pig and IT’S still a pig) Getting the plate good, FOLLOWING same with the children in the car? NOT so much I fear. Seems these guys may show up later, hope they can share the sandbox…
Kristi Reed (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Between the bad lane markings and all the red light running, I too am genuinely surprised we don't see more accidents and road rage incidents in that area.
Santa John Dreggors May 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I agree with R. Hope it's the sandbox they share and not the ok corral. Like I tell Ms Jenny....let it go...let them go be angry with someone else.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 22, 2012 at 09:32 PM
To be fair, the intersection was NEVER intended to handle the flow forced on it now. The DOTS have tried / are trying and yet for some reason … I see a diverging Diamond Interchange in the near future. And don’t forget the pretty, wiry, faux suspension thingies - Go TSPLOST II – 2022 !!
Tammy Osier May 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
If your'e talking about that little sliver of road that eventually turns into a turn lane, then I'm really surprised something hasn't happened before now. I have nearly been clipped many times. What is the premise of those type of markings? People run up beside each other all the time. the road simple runs out before you know it- and surprise! You're in somebody's lap (figuratively).
Chip Mautz May 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Hey R, the DOTS don't know what to do. When I brought this up to Kim Conroy a few years ago, his response was "well, back in 1995...". I was trying to get 4 lanes in/out of Hamilton Mill to I-85. There have been around 8 deaths on the parkway since I moved into HM, back in 2001. Working with GDOT only succeeded in speeding up traffic flow through the neighborhood... HM Parkway was always designed as a feeder road to the county (Auburn, Dacula, Barrow...). It was designed to rapidly move traffic through the neighborhood - which, unfortunately, has lots of pedestrian traffic. This incident seems to have occurred on HM Parkway at I-85, heading toward the Water Wheel, turning North onto Braselton Hwy. It wasn't on the parkway. However, after travelling up I-85 (triple taxed if you use the HOT lane - gas tax, tsplost, AND a fee to travel in the toll lane), I can understand why this guy would do this. I've had my share of run-ins with insane drivers on/around HM. And to think, it'd only cost $1300... and you get your picture in the paper! :-)
Santa John Dreggors May 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM
I have a new driver this year. My 16yo daughter. She's been driving extremely cautiously and expanded her comfortable driving area very slowly. Other drivers have to afford her some patience because I taught her no to go until she is sure. I am also sure she in not yet the best driver on the road in spite of all of my efforts. I hope no one pulls a gun on her. This guy did nothing for all of his anger but incite more violence. Cooler heads and patience prevail no matter if you're in traffic or a busy day at Walmart. Take the time to count your blessings.
Kristi Reed (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I am in the same situation with my daughter. People are incredibly impatient. I would hope that people would have a little more tolerance if they knew they were tailgating a 15-year-old with a learner's permit, but I don't really know if they would.
North Georgia Weather May 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I'm probably guilty of little patience. And most of my frustrations are people riding in the left lane (generally next to someone going the same speed), people that accelerate at the pace of a snail, and people that can't at least do the speed limit. And I won't even get into people that brake for every curve, mailbox, cars 1000 yards in advance, and imaginary obstacles. Drivers only think about themselves (if that) and have no regard for anyone else on the road. Please think about what you can personally do to improve traffic flow, if not for yourself, then others. :-)
Benny M May 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
What gets me is when they had the equipment in place at !-85 and 324 why didn't they put on/off ramps and relieve some of the traffic at HM interchange?
Jim S May 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
"Slower Traffic Keep Right" was how I was taught to drive in Florida many years ago. It seems to still be the best policy, although I don't see it followed in Georgia. Also, Florida law used to make it illegal to drive in the 'passing' lane, the far left. I blame the lack of driver education for all the problems we are having now. That and electronic devices, and people just not caring about others. Oh and as far as pulling a gun for a traffic issue...he should not have one!

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