Gun pulled out during Lake Country road rage episode

An Okanagan man driving with an elderly passenger found himself staring down the barrel of a gun Monday night.

A muscly 30-something seemingly in the throes of an episode of road rage, chased down a middle age Okanagan man driving with an  elderly passenger and turned the barrel of a gun toward them.

“A Lake Country man, 45, and his 72 year old female passenger were travelling toward Lake Country on Glenmore Road in their green Pontiac Sunfire when a newer silver SUV, possibly a Porsche Cayenne, began honking, tailgating and flashing its high beams,” said Const. Kris Clark, noting a call was made to police  Jan. 9 at 7:45 p.m.

“While stopped at a red light, the driver of the SUV got out of his car and approached the Sunfire on the driver’s side.”

Nothing happened at that point as the light then turned green, but the chase continued and the erratic behaviour of the Porsche driver became even more pronounced.

“Once on Highway 97 northbound, the SUV pulled up along side the Sunfire and the driver pointed what appeared to be a silver handgun at the Lake Country man,” he said.

“The (Sunfire driver) then went on some sideroads and along the highway and continued northbound.”

The Porsche followed up to a point, but the Sunfire later lost the gun-toting  driver in traffic.

All ended as well as possible, but Clark noted that while episodes of the road-rage kind are increasingly common this was less usual.

“Road rage is prevalent in any community, but presenting a firearm in a road rage incident is quite rare,” said Clark. “Any time you point a firearm at any person there’s a level of risk to both the other person, passersby and pedestrians.”

The gun-wielding driver was described to be a Caucasian man in his early 30s with a muscular build. He was wearing faded jeans and a tight black t-shirt with silver emblem on the front, said Clark.

The SUV was described as a very clean, newer model silver, grey or metallic powder blue Porsche Cayenne with chrome rims.

If you saw the silver SUV and green Sunfire, the driver of the SUV exit his car and approach the driver of the Sunfire, or any other information about this incident, please call the Lake Country RCMP at (250) 766-2288, the Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.net.

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