A road rage incident in Oak Lawn resulted in charges of aggravated assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for a Bridgeview man.
On Thursday October 5th at about 1:00 p.m. two cars approached Central Avenue traveling opposite directions on 103rd Street. One car driven by the victim, turned left, while the other car, driven by James Smith, turned right both onto Central heading north.
The victim called the police and later told the officers that when both cars were turning, they almost hit each other and then Smith allegedly cut him off. As they were both driving northbound, the victim claimed that Smith reached into the back seat of the car and pulled out a black 9 MM pistol. According to the victim, Smith held the pistol in his right hand over his right shoulder and with the left hand he pulled the slide to the rear as to chamber a round.
The victim told the 9-1-1 operator where the car was heading, the description of the car and driver and the license plate number. Police officers stopped Smith at the 8600 block of Major Avenue.
Smith spoke with the police and claimed that he did give the victim “the finger” multiple times but he said he never pulled his gun out. He said he had his gun on him because he was going to the gun range.
He said that the victim was following him all the way to 87th Street and he pulled into a parking lot to avoid being followed.
Officer’s checked as to whether Smith had a concealed carry license and found he allegedly did not have such a permit. Smith allegedly told the officers he was going to the gun range and that’s why he had the gun.
At some point, James ended the discussion perhaps realizing that he was being charged with a felony. Smith, a 47 year old white male, provided a Bridgeview address to the police.