Man Arrested After Using Revolver To Pump Hot Lead From His Rig In Direction Of Another Driver On I-5
March 31, 2018
By Rex D. Cain
On the freeway, happiness is not a warm gun says theWSP
(COWLITZ COUNTY, WA.) – In polite society it is considered inappropriate to pull out a heater while you’re in your car on the freeway and throw hot lead down range at another driver.
It’s just not polite. Also illegal. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says a man from Snoqualmie, Washington, identified as Darrin Odell was busted Friday “after firing a revolver at another motorist on Interstate 5.”
In a statement, the WSP says lead started to fly during the afternoon commute.
“Just before 5:00pm, WSP dispatchers received a call from the victim stating Odell had “fired a gun” at him while traveling south on Interstate 5 in Lewis County, just north of the Cowlitz County line. Odell’s arrest was a multi-agency effort as law enforcement officers from the Castle Rock Police Department, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington State Patrol were involved.”
The WSP says Odell’s vehicle was located on Burma Road, just west of Interstate 5 in Cowlitz County and he was taken into custody without incident.
The alleged weapon involved – a revolver chambered in .357 magnum caliber - was also located and taken into evidence as part of this investigation.
The victim, in whose direction the lead projectile came flying, was uninjured. However, a “bullet hole in the rear passenger door of the pickup is a reminder of how Odell’s actions could have resulted in a tragedy,” said the WSP.
Odell told state troopers he was upset because the pickup was “traveling in the left lane and would not get over.” So when Odell passed the pickup, he allegedly pointed his Ruger brand .357 magum at the driver and fired, “piercing a hole in the victim’s moving vehicle.”
Mr. Odell was booked into the Lewis County Jail for Assault with a Firearm in the 1st Degree, Malicious Mischief in the 2nd Degree and DUI.
The WSP says this isn’t the first time law enforcement agencies have responded to a weapon brandishing call on the Interstate. In the past year, troopers have arrested two individuals for “displaying a firearm to another motorist.”
In June of 2017, Lewis County troopers arrested a guy for pointing a gun at another motorist for “poor merging” (seriously) and in July of 2017 Cowlitz County troopers arrested a man for similar actions toward another driver. That guy was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail for Weapons Brandishing and Road Rage.
He served one day in jail, served four additional days on a work crew, forfeited his heater and no longer has a concealed carry permit to legally pack around a heater.
Washington State Patrol Captain Jason Linn said, “This type of reckless behavior on our interstate is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.” He also said, “I am appreciative of the collaboration between our allied law enforcement agencies as we work together to enhance the safety of the communities we serve. The investigation and arrest of Odell’s was truly a team effort.”
The WSP says if you’re “confronted” by another driver displaying a weapon, call 911 immediately and without putting yourself in harm’s way, provide a description of the suspect, vehicle, weapon, and last known location as best you can.
Do NOT attempt to follow the road-rager’s vehicle and engage in further conflict.
In Washington, it is a gross misdemeanor to display “a weapon with the intent to intimidate another person with bodily harm.”
Those found guilty of such a charge could face jail time and the loss of a concealed carry permit.