Driver arrested for firing gun in road rage incident in Courtenay

A 37-year-old man was arrested and charged following a road rage incident on the night of May 19.

Comox Valley RCMP said it all started when the driver of a Ford Escape was seen tail-gating a Chevy truck on Dyke road in Courtenay. The 31-year old driver of the pickup allegedly slammed on his brakes, which caused the driver of the Ford to swerve.

Heated words were exchanged, said police, before the driver of the Ford allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired it in the direction of the other vehicle. It was later determined the handgun was actually a pellet gun.

Police tracked down the driver of the Ford and arrested him at gun point. He is now facing charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. A 21-year old woman who was his passenger is facing charges of obstruction.