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Caution urged after road rage incident with ‘gun’

By The Herald Staff | 11/6/2013

An Ottawa Police Department official provided tips on how motorists can avoid becoming victims of road rage following an incident Saturday night that led to the arrest of two Ottawa men on the city’s south side.

Two drivers were traveling south on Main Street about 6 p.m. Saturday when they got into an argument near the corner of South Main and Seventh streets, according to a police report. The two vehicles continued to travel south to the 1700 block of South Princeton Circle Drive when a vehicle driven by James Montgomery IV, 28, Ottawa, rammed into a vehicle driven by Branson Orr, 19, Ottawa, after Montgomery reported being threatened with a handgun, the police report said.

An Ottawa Police Department official provided tips on how motorists can avoid becoming victims of road rage following an incident Saturday night that led to the arrest of two Ottawa men on the city’s south side.

Two drivers were traveling south on Main Street about 6 p.m. Saturday when they got into an argument near the corner of South Main and Seventh streets, according to a police report. The two vehicles continued to travel south to the 1700 block of South Princeton Circle Drive when a vehicle driven by James Montgomery IV, 28, Ottawa, rammed into a vehicle driven by Branson Orr, 19, Ottawa, after Montgomery reported being threatened with a handgun, the police report said.

Orr told police he was rammed by the other vehicle and displayed a handgun after the collision. The weapon turned out to be an “air soft gun,” the report said.

Montgomery was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery. Orr was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, the report said.  

Capt. Adam Weingartner, patrol division commander with the Ottawa Police Department, said motorists who find themselves in a road rage incident should pull over and stop at a safe location.

“Let the other driver pass and avoid the situation,” Weingartner said. “Getting cut off or having another car pull out in front of you is not worth your life or your life being threatened. If you don’t feel it is a safe situation, immediately call 911 so an officer can respond.”

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