Road rage incident in Columbia


Police were searching for a white Saturn SUV with a white male driver after he reportedly flashed a firearm during a road rage incident in Columbia on Christmas Eve.

At 3:45 p.m. Dec. 24, police received a call from a driver westbound on I-255. The driver reported that just seconds earlier on Route 3 northbound at the I-255 split in Columbia, the driver in a white Saturn SUV driving next to him pointed a gun at him while holding it outside the window.

Police said the suspect driver is a white male in his 30s with tattoos on his arms.

“The victim called and reported this on 911 and we have the recorded call,” Columbia Police Chief Jerry Paul said Friday morning. “We have asked the victim to return to Columbia and speak with investigators. As of today we are waiting for the victim to reply and meet. The investigation is ongoing.”

An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network alert was issued to neighboring police agencies to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

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