A Vermont man was charged with multiple felonies after he was arrested for allegedly firing a pistol from his front passenger seat during a road rage incident on the Thruway in the Town of Evans on Sunday, State Police said Monday.
Investigators said the incident started when Jonathan E. Henderson, 32, of Sellersburg, Ind., who was driving a white Ford F150 pickup and towing a U-Haul trailer, made an unsafe lane change into the right lane in front of a 60-year-old Brantford, Ont., driver.
“The exchange quickly escalated with aggressive driving and hand signals,” a news release from State Police read.
The Ontario man threw a soda can at the pickup and “sped off,” police said.
The Ontario man then heard “two bangs,” looked back and saw “a black handgun sticking out of the passenger side window with a cloud of smoke coming from it,” according to the release.
The Ontario man called 911, and troopers caught up with a pickup that matched the description of the one involved in the road rage incident by the time the pickup reached the Lackawanna toll barrier.
Three occupants of the truck were taken into custody.
Police said they found a set of “brass knuckles” and a loaded Ruger SR9C pistol in the pickup.
The passenger, James Henderson II, 36, of Hancock, Vt., was charged with felony counts of both second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and felony first-degree reckless endangerment.
He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree menacing and fourth-degree weapons possession for the brass knuckles.
No charges were filed against the pickup driver, the third passenger – a 30-year-old woman from Canton, Ohio – or the Ontario man.
Henderson was arraigned in Town of West Seneca Court and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.