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Cumming police: Avoid drivers with road rage
Recent encounter reminder of dangers
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CUMMING — A recent report of road rage involving a driver who supposedly brandished a firearm has prompted local law enforcement officials to encourage roadway safety and etiquette.

According to Cumming Police Deputy Chief Clyde Cook, the best way to stay safe if someone appears to be driving with road rage is to avoid confrontation.

“At that point, even if they don’t have a weapon, the car is a weapon. Just don’t confront them back,” Cook said.

He said if an angry driver continues to follow, dialing 911 is faster and safer than texting. Pulling over before calling is safer from a driving standpoint, but sometimes victims of road rage may not feel comfortable stopping.

Luckily, no harm came from a potentially dangerous situation Monday in Cumming.

The driver who called in the complaint was apparently traveling south on Veterans Memorial Boulevard when a man in a Chevrolet Silverado “pulled a gun on her.”

He turned into a nearby subdivision, where officers found him at a home he said was a friend’s.

Asked about the incident, the man stated he didn’t know anything about it and that he didn’t have a firearm because he was a convicted felon.

The man later admitted he had an air soft pistol in the truck. It was located along with a bullet-proof vest, flak jacket and thigh-rig holster with throwing knives attached, according to the police report.

In addition, one detail of his story changed after the person who lived at the home said she and the man had been dating since last year.

The man was not arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon because an air soft pistol is not defined by Georgia law as a firearm and, according to a witness statement, he didn’t point it directly at the other driver.

“Getting a tag number can help,” Cook said. “The less you get involved, the better it’s going to be.”