Wenatchee road rage incident leads to arrest

Wenatchee road rage incident leads to arrest

An Easter Sunday road rage incident in Wenatchee escalated into a confrontation with a gun and the arrest of a man on three counts of first degree assault.

Family members, driving in two separate vehicles, told Wenatchee Police that a man in a blue SUV cut between their cars on N. Wenatchee Ave., near the intersection of Duncan Rd. The driver of the SUV, 73-year-old Jerry Weaver, flipped off the driver of the pickup truck behind him. The driver returned the gesture.

Wenatchee Police then say Weaver motioned for the driver of the pickup to pull over, but the driver decided not to stop. That’s when they say Weaver pointed a handgun at the three occupants in the pickup.

A passenger in the pickup called 911 to report the incident, providing the license plate number of the SUV and a detailed description of the suspect.

Police located Weaver a short time later at an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store. He was unarmed and denied pointing a gun at anyone.

Weaver’s SUV was seized pending a search warrant. He was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on three counts of first degree assault.

Later that day, one of Weaver’s family members called police to report that Weaver asked them to come to O’Reilly’s, then gave them a plastic bag to take home. Officers responded to Weaver’s home, where they recovered the plastic bag with two loaded semi-automatic handguns.