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84-year-old man charged in Pierce County road rage incident

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 2, 2010 at 8:53 am |
February 2, 2010 9:04 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged an 84-year-old man after he allegedly pulled a gun during a road rage incident Friday.

John L. Hanly was charged Monday with second-degree assault and failure to remain at the scene of an occupied collision.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the scene of a hit-and-run crash Friday. Initial reports indicated that the suspect vehicle was being followed by another vehicle.

The victim told troopers that when he exited Interstate 5 onto State Route 512, he slowed for the corner. The victim ended up in front of Hanly.

“The defendant became upset and road (sic) the victim’s ‘ass’ until the defendant could go around the victim,” charging documents state.

Hanly tried to pass the victim and clipped the victim’s car. The victim told troopers that Hanly got out of his car, approached the victim’s vehicle and had a handgun.

Deputies stopped Hanly’s vehicle and were holding him at gunpoint. A trooper contacted Hanly, who said, “That jackass over there cut me off and we got into it over there,” charging documents state.

Hanly’s and the victim’s cars both had damage.

The deputies had spotted a gun partially under the front driver’s seat. Hanly admitted to having the gun and told the the trooper: “This guy was giving me some (expletive). I (expletive) back with him. I am 84 years old.  I am too old for this (expletive).”

After the trooper interviewed the victim, he recontacted Hanly. Hanly said he used to have a concealed weapon permit but it expired. The trooper told Hanly he can’t be brandishing a gun.

“Ya I know,” Hanly replied, according to charging documents. “I know what you are saying. People get you pissed off.”

Troopers took the gun as evidence.

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