Bell County, TX — Driving on Texas freeways during the holiday season can be stressful. But not as stressful as having a gun pointed
at you while driving them.
One bad case of road rage has landed one Killeen man behind bars.
The incident happened on Christmas Eve.
A man in a black Mercedes Benz was in the left lane traveling East on 190 in Nolanville.
A man hauling horses behind the driver grew agitated over what he perceived to be slow speeds.
After the Mercedes moved back to the right lane, the truck carrying the horses
pulled up alongside the driver.
“Then at that time, both men exchanged hand gestures to each other," said James Luling of the Bell County Sheriff's Office.
The still-mad driver then escalated the situation.
“The truck pulling the trailer then pulled up, waved for the driver to pull up beside him, which he didn’t do luckily. The caller then saw the driver stick a pistol out the window," said Luling.
The driver of the passenger then called 9-1-1.
Luling said, “There was a deputy in the area. He saw the vehicle drive by and pulled him over. The police officer located the weapon and during the arrest also located some drugs.”
Joseph Booth, 50, was found with less than four grams of crack cocaine.
He was booked in Bell County on one count of deadly conduct and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
Luling has seen road rage like this before.
“It can start off very minimal. It just seems a lot of times, before you know it, if you’re involved with another person, it increases to the point where it could be possible to put you and your family’s life at risk.," said Luling.
"And to me, that’s why it’s really not important. If you have another confrontation with a driver, just let that person get on by you and move on so you can get back to normal.”