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Hagerstown man arrested after brandishing shotgun in vehicle

A Hagerstown man is facing serious charges after being involved in a road rage incident that took place during the night of April 2. One of the more violent crimes that the man is charged with is first-degree assault. In addition, he is also facing drug-related and reckless endangerment charges in relation to the incident.

Police say that a New Market, Va., truck driver reported that an automobile was driving erratically around his truck. The truck driver went on to say that, at one point, the vehicle pulled up beside his truck, and the passenger pointed a shotgun directly at the truck from his window. No shots were reported as being fired, and the car exited the highway soon after the incident. 

It wasn't long after the truck driver reported the incident that authorities located the vehicle in question. They discovered a 20-year-old passenger in the car and arrested him. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was also detained by police for a short while, but he was eventually released. The alleged incident is said to have taken place in western Maryland along Interstate 81.

The charges that this Hagerstown man faces are very serious, and it goes to show just how serious instances of road rage can become. Anyone who is facing any of these serious criminal accusations might benefit from hiring a criminal defense attorney. It is the state's case to prove that a crime was committed, and an attorney may be able to show the courts that the prosecution has failed in doing this. Even if charges aren't dropped, defense attorneys may be able to work out a plea deal that is beneficial for the person being charged with the crime.

Source: CBS DC, "Md. Man arrested after pulling shotgun in road rage incident," April 2, 2013

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