Motorist Arrested After Brake Checking And Pulling Gun On Truck Driver
Crown Point, Indiana – A motorist was arrested last week after police say he brake checked a big rig before pointing a gun at the truck driver.
Chester G. Cox Jr., 47, of Dyer was arrested last Tuesday following a road rage confrontation with a truck driver which occurred on Monday. Police said Cox had two boys, ages 6 and 9, in the vehicle with him at the time of the incident.
Investigators said Cox became angry after he thought a semi driver sped up to prevent him from pulling out onto U.S. 30, just west of U.S. 41.
Schererville Police Cmdr. Jeff Cook said the semi driver told a different story. According to Cook, the truck driver said it was Cox who pulled in front of him along eastbound U.S. 30 and suddenly stopped in both lanes.
The truck driver indicated he braked hard to avoid a crash and then continued driving until Cox, who was operating a Nissan Sentra, came to a stop again.
According to police, the truck driver feared he may have hit Cox’s vehicle so he exited the truck and began approaching the Nissan.
Police records indicate that as the truck driver approached the driver’s side window, Cox was holding a cell phone in his left hand and a .45 caliber handgun in his right.
Cox then allegedly pointed the gun directly at the truck driver causing the truck driver to retreat to his truck and call 911.
Police later arrested Cox and charged him with felony intimidation and pointing a firearm.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the altercation.