Driver arrested in road rage incident
A 51-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos truck driver was arrested Tuesday after three teenage girls said he threatened them in an apparent road-rage incident that began in Carson City and ended at the sheriff’s substation at the Tillman shopping center.
Along the way, the man allegedly flashed a badge implying he was a law enforcement officer and made hand gestures suggesting he had a weapon.
Frank Holton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, destruction of property and impersonating a police officer.
Holton’s blood alcohol content tested at more than twice the legal limit of .08, reports indicated.
“At 3:40 p.m., three hysterical females in their late teens stormed into the sheriff’s substation located in the Gardnerville Ranchos and made contact with the officer,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.
The girls told the substation officer that a man had driven up alongside them in Carson City, yelling obscenities and making hand gestures that he had a weapon.
At a traffic light, the girls said the man flashed a badge implying he was a law enforcement officer. The badge turned out to be a volunteer firefighter’s badge, deputies said.
The girls said that the man followed them to Saliman Road in Carson City and pulled up along side. He got out of his vehicle, hit the girls’ car window and tried to open a passenger door.
The girls sped away and followed the driver south on Highway 395, through the Gardnerville Ranchos until they spotted the sheriff’s sub-station in the Tillman shopping center.
The girls said they followed the man to Gardnerville hoping they would see a deputy they could flag down.
Holton allegedly followed them into the substation and confronted the girls until he was ordered to wait in the parking lot for another deputy.
Deputies said Holton told them the 18-year-old driver had cut him off on Highway 50 near Mound House east of Carson City.
“Incidents of road rage can and frequently escalate very quickly,” Mezzetta said.
“The potential of personal injury to those involved as well as to other drivers on the roadway is very real. Should anyone find himself or her-self challenged by another driver, the worst thing you can do is respond aggressively or in-kind. Allow the other driver to pass by and notify law enforcement.
“There are many rights in this nation worth standing for. The right-of-way is not one of them,” Mezzetta said.