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Man in custody after road rage incident in Kamloops

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March 14, 2017 - 8:50 AM

KAMLOOPS - One man is in custody after a case of road rage in Kamloops got out of control.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a media release a driver reported an incident to police yesterday, March 13, saying a man had pointed firearms at him after a road rage incident.

The complainant told police that he was cut off by another vehicle. He followed the vehicle to a home on the South Shore and saw the driver go into the house.

Shelkie says while the complainant was taking a picture of the vehicle to make a report to police, the other driver allegedly came out of the residence holding two rifles and pointed them at the complainant.

The complainant left the area immediately and phoned police. RCMP responded to the house, arrested a suspect and seized firearms.

A 25-year-old Kamloops man is facing charges of pointing a firearm and possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose. The suspect is known to police.

Shelkie is offering tips to drivers to avoid road rage:

Be a polite driver. 
Allow other drivers to pass you or get over into your lane if needed. Helping other drivers will put you and them in a more peaceful state of mind and following the rules of the road will help keep you safe.

Avoid confrontation. 
If an angry driver yells at you or shares a rude gesture out his or her window, don’t make eye contact or yell back. Keep your eyes on the road and ignore the angry driver. Fighting and driving angry is dangerous to both of you as well as the other drivers and will only cause the situation to escalate.

Remember that it’s nothing personal. 
If another driver cuts you off or honks at you, it’s because they’re experiencing their own road rage, not because they are angry at you. Taking offence at his or her actions will only cause your own road rage to escalate.

“The best advice I can give to any driver in a road rage incident is to remove yourself emotionally and physically from the situation,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in the release. “In any stressful situation, stay in your vehicle and do not respond with any angry gesture or action.”

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