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Reynoldsburg: Driver warned about displaying handgun

Saturday May 11, 2013 1:42 PM

Reynoldsburg police were dispatched to Rosehill Road May 2 to investigate a complaint from a driver who said another motorist had been tailgating him and pulled out a handgun after the two exchanged words.

The man with the gun was in an orange Chevy Camaro police were able to trace to a home in Pickerington, where a Reynoldsburg officer left his business card and badge number. The driver called the officer and met him at Pickerington High School North.

"I asked him about the road rage incident and he stated that the other person was driving south on Rosehill Road under 20 mph." the officer wrote in his report. "He stated he was not purposely trying to tailgate him but it was difficult not to due to his low speed."

The driver told police that the man in the first car yelled at him and made threatening statements that made him feel vulnerable to an attack, since he was driving a convertible. He said he told the man he was had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, then withdrew his sidearm and placed it in on the seat next to him, according to the report.

No charges were filed, but the reporting officer said he cautioned the man about showing his firearm to other motorists and "about the use of deadly force and the possible ramifications of making a poor decision."

In other recent Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:

* An 8-year-old girl was bitten and scratched by a neighbor's dog May 2 in the 8900 block of Firstgate Avenue.

Her mother told police her daughter was walking in that area when she asked a woman if she could pet her dog, which was on a leash in the owner's yard. When the girl bent down to pet the dog, she put her arms around its neck, which is when the Springer spaniel bit and scratched her on the neck, side and calf area, the reporting officer wrote in the report.

The officer spoke to the dog's owner, who she said the animal's shots are up to date. She said she walked the girl back home and provided her name and phone number.

The officer said he advised the girl's mother to take her to an urgent care facility to have the bites checked and cleaned.

* Officers had to handcuff a special needs student who climbed out a window at French Run Elementary School, 1200 Epworth Road, at 9:13 a.m. April 29. The reporting officer said as the student attempted to leave school grounds, he was forced to restrain him, placing his arms around him from behind. He said the student kicked him several times in the left knee.

The principal and a special-needs teacher asked the officer if they could take over to try to calm the student, but the student broke free and had to be restrained in the back of a police cruiser and handcuffed, because he continued to kick the officers, the report stated. The student eventually calmed down and talked to the officers and he was released to the custody of his father, police said.

* A man reported a 1,500-watt amplifier, the faceplate to his radio and a wallet containing $745 cash were stolen from his purple 2001 Dodge Durango sometime before 8:30 p.m. April 29, while the car was parked in the 2400 block of Taylor Square Drive. Police said there were no signs of forced entry and that the man admitted he may have forgotten to lock the hatchback.

* A 15.5-foot ladder worth $289 was reported stolen from a 2013 white Ford Escape overnight April 30 when it was parked at his residence in the 1700 block of Cobblegate Lane. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.

* A woman told police her vehicle was hit in several places between 6 and 7 p.m. May 1 when it was parked in the 2400 block of Taylor Park Drive. The reporting officer said there were several marks on the car that may have been caused by something dragging against it and a vehicle's door slamming into it. One mark was a long scratch, 10-12 inches in length.

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