An apparent road rage incident Monday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Paris man after he pointed a gun at another driver.
Dakota Lynn Irvin Merrell, 21, 134 Sproul Heights Road, was driving a black 2017 Nissan Juke on Veterans Drive when he allegedly made an inappropriate gesture toward the victim as he passed him, according to a report by Paris Police Patrolman Johnathan Baxter.
The victim caught up to the Nissan as both were driving on Mineral Wells Avenue and responded with the same gesture.
At that time, Merrell began waving a gray Ruger P89 pistol and then pointed it at the victim.
The victim backed off, but then followed Merrell to a Pine Street car wash while calling 911.
Merrell was charged with aggravated assault after Baxter took him into custody at 3:39 p.m. at the car wash.
Baxter’s report indicated the gun was found inside of the Nissan’s driver side door and was logged into police evidence.
Merrell is scheduled to appear April 6 in General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $10,000.
In an unrelated incident, a white 6-by-12-foot single axle trailer was reported stolen Saturday morning.
The trailer is a Haulmark brand, its front cap is barely attached to it and the hinge on its back door is broken, according to a report by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Frankie Scott. It has an estimated value of $3,000.
The trailer’s owner apparently left it parked Friday night in front of his business. Neither the name nor the address of the business was given in Scott’s report.