A road rage incident ended in one arrest and an initial charge of aggravated assault after the driver of one of the vehicles involved brandished a handgun on Interstate 40.
According to the police report, officers were dispatched to Harkrider Street just before 8 p.m. Tuesday about a reckless driver after a caller reported that a man travelling in front of him in a gold GMC Yukon pointed a gun at him while driving.
Police located the vehicles and initiated a traffic stop.
An armed officer instructed the driver of the Yukon, identified as Blake Hunter Weber, 51, of Little Rock, to put his hands outside of the window and ordered him to stay in that position until another officer arrived at the scene.
Weber reportedly told police a man whom he had passed on interstate had “flashed his ... bright lights” and then pulled around him and hit his brakes “a few times,” so Weber said he held a gun up in the window as he exited I-40 at Skyline Drive.
According to the report, as he relayed the events, Weber demonstrated with his hand how he held the gun, with the barrel pointed in the air next to his face.
Weber then said he “thought the kid was f****** with him.”
“I didn’t know what was going on with him pulling in front of me and behind me. It was basically to get away from him,” Weber reportedly said.
The man then denied brandishing or waving the gun at the driver, but said he just “held it up like this,” demonstrating again the way he held the gun at the window.
The officer advised Weber that pulling the gun out and showing it to the driver in that manner was considered “brandishing (the gun.)”
Police retrieved the weapon, a Kimber Tactical Custom II, from between the driver’s seat and the center console. The weapon was not stolen and reportedly did not have a round in the chamber.
An ACIC check of Weber’s identity returned a suspended driver’s license.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 36-year-old Russellville man, told police he and Weber had engaged in a “p****** match” on I-40, during which time the drivers were “cutting each other off” and “brake checking” one another.
The man said as he passed Weber at the 125 exit, Weber opened his window and “flashed a handgun.”
The man told police Weber did not point the gun at him, but held the gun out the window “pointed up.” The man said Weber’s finger appeared to be on the trigger, so he “backed off” of the Yukon to call police.
Weber was transported to Faulkner County jail, where he was initially cited for aggravated assault and driving on a DWI suspended license.
After investigators contacted prosecutors to review the case, the aggravated assault charge was amended to a charge of harassment, a Class A misdemeanor.
The victim was advised to file charges through the District Court and request a no contact order.
The handgun is being held pending charges.