Road rage brings gun charges

A semitrailer driver was arrested on felony charges early Friday morning after a case of road rage prompted him to point a gun at a fellow driver, deputies said.
Courtney Astolfi
Mar 1, 2014

 

Carl Pope Jr., 53, of Metamora, Ohio, was charged with felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and improper handling of firearms in a vehicle.

It was about 1 a.m. when a Sandusky man first encountered Pope’s rig in the eastbound lanes of Ohio 2. The man was trying to exit onto Milan Road, but Pope’s truck began merging into his lane. Trying to alert Pope to his vehicle, the man flashed his lights, but Pope continued to merge, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

The man was forced to brake and continued on behind the semi, but when he tried to pass, Pope blocked him from doing so, the report said.

Both vehicles then took the U.S. 250 exit, with each pulling in at the nearby Speedway gas station.

The man pulled his vehicle alongside Pope and rolled down his window to speak with him. Pope allegedly responded by opening his door and aiming a handgun at the man, the report said.

Spooked, the driver pulled away and dialed police. Pope got back on the highway and continued east.

A Huron police officer spotted Pope’s semitrailer near the Ohio 13 exit and, having heard police scanner traffic, initiated a traffic stop, the report said.

Pope denied having a weapon inside his cab, and he allowed a Huron officer and Erie County deputies to search the car. They then uncovered a handgun holster underneath some blankets, and Pope soon admitted the gun was behind his seat, the report said

The Smith & Wesson .357, loaded with six rounds, was found on a shelf near Pope’s bed in the cab. He allegedly told the Huron officer he’d pointed the gun at someone who was driving erratically.

Pope remains in the Erie County jail on $30,000 bond.

Comments

mikeylikesit

smooth move ex lax..

whattheBucks

I expected the Pope to look different up close

SeenSome

Funny!!! :)

holysee

Many Popes are too be seen

44846GWP

Loser.

Stop It

Another trucker who thinks he 'owns' the road.

CONCERNED MOM

I'm sorry to say but, it might possibly be when he started merging he may not have seen it, at 1 am and not familiar with this area and if someone was flashing acting, weird driving around, blowing horns, stupidly, then proceeds to follow trucker to a gas station, I would feel threatened for my life too. They are on road I would carry also, I would have done the same thing!

mikeylikesit

yeah, i agree, but he should not have lied to the police. that kinda cooked his goose..

IslandDweller

Who's surprised? This is what happens when you put guns into the hands of people that can't find figure their way out of the Walmart parking lot or get in a fight over who goes first at a four-way stop!

CAST THE FIRST STONE

semi drivers are always at risk from being robbed . park downtown detroit and have to wait till morning without a gun. dont thinkso

grandmasgirl

Sorry people, but if the trucker couldn't see the car, then he had no right to merge. Maybe someone needs to make a better mirror. If a car would run someone off the road because he "didn't see them", they would be cited. AND I know at least two truckers who don't carry. No one owns the road. I don't care if you are a trucker, a school bus driver, a taxi or whatever.

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2cents

Did Pope have his turn signal on? Did the other driver try to pass on the right just as the merge lane appeared? Just curious, flashing lights at someone after the fact does no good, just back off and let the other driver in. I drive a lot and always try to anticipate what is going on ahead, the car is much more responsive than the truck. Maybe Pope did not realize he was at the exit already or maybe he needed fuel and just noticed the sign. I am not condoning his gun action, that was stupid but all drivers need to just lighten up, you will get there, maybe what, 30 seconds later!

JudgeMeNot

The Sandusky man is just another idiot.

grandmasgirl

Not trying to be funny, but your response under your name tickled my funny bone.

Erie County Resident

I have to ask.
Just where is the seat, engine, and steering wheel in a semitrailer?
I never knew these crazy trailers could go down the road all by themselves without a semi tractor pulling it.