ERWIN - An alleged case of post-holiday road rage led to the arrest of North Carolina man over the weekend for using his vehicle to repeatedly strike another vehicle traveling along Interstate 26 because the vehicle would not "get out of his way," according to the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department.
Jerry Leon Trinks, 59, 212 Caravan Drive, Marion, N.C., was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of felony reckless endangerment.
According to UCSD Chief Deputy Ronnie Adkins, Unicoi County emergency dispatch received the report of a vehicle striking the rear of another vehicle multiple times on eastbound I-26 at around 4 p.m. Saturday.
Adkins said Trinks struck the other vehicle, carrying a man, his wife and their 15-year-old daughter, three times. After striking the vehicle, Trinks went around it and attempted to provoke the victims by quickly stopping his car in front of the victims and directing hand gestures at them, Adkins said.
"The victim said he was afraid the guy was gong to wreck him," Adkins said.
After making the hand gestures, Trinks then took off at a high speed, Adkins said. Adkins said he stopped Trinks' vehicle at around mile marker 52. Following the stop, Trinks stated to officers that he had struck the rear of the victims' vehicle "because it would not get out of his way," according to Adkins.
Trinks was arrested following the alleged incident, and his car was impounded. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing Tuesday in Unicoi County General Sessions Court.