3 arrested after 'road rage' incident on I-5
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Three people were arrested Monday evening, after an incident involving what appeared to be road rage ended with someone displaying a gun on Interstate 5.
Oregon state Police are releasing preliminary information on the incident, which started around 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
According to authorities, a blue Ford Explorer being driven southbound by 34-year-old Miles Lawson Klingsborn, was struck from behind at least once by a white passenger car. That vehicle was being driven by 20-year-old Brandon Michael Lafleuer.
At one point, officials say Lafleuer pulled alongside Klingsborn, and that's when they say the passenger in the car, 18-year-old Courtney Paulan Opp, brandished a gun.
Sgt. Dave Randall of the Oregon State Police says the dispute actually started before they got on the road. "It sounds bad on the surface, but the investigation reveals that it was an issue they had kind of at home that they took out onto the roadway," he said.
Troopers didn't say if the woman actually pointed the gun at Klingsborn.
Authorities say both vehicles exited the freeway, and ended up at the Fast Stop Market on Highway 99 South.
Officers from several different agencies responded and took all three into custody. "Bottom line is, it's not as advertised," said Sgt. Randall. "When the initial call comes out that we have a road rage with a firearm with subjects fighting, it turns out that it is that, but it isn't that. What I mean by that is that everybody knew each other. It was basically a dispute that the four of them had that they took onto the freeway."
Officials from OSP say that when Klingsborn was contacted, troopers noticed that he was intoxicated. Klingsborn was charged by OSP with DUII, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangering.
Lafleuer was also charged with Reckless Driving and Opp was charged with Attempting to Carry or Use a Dangerous Weapon.
All three were lodged in the Douglas County Jail.
Randall says that although passers-by might have thought it was a huge deal with all of the patrol cars and police converging on one area, it turns out it wasn't as bad as it looked. "When you see that on it's face value, you think 'Hey, it's dangerous out there.' And you're thinking the worst case scenario, and that it must have been a huge deal with all of the police officers there. But really, what it turns out is just a dispute among people that know each other, and they just took it out on the freeway."