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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 4 years ago

Man points rifle at driver on West Granada Boulevard after driver brake-checks him

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Cody Guthrie, 18, had a loaded rifle in his car.
by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

After attempting to get a car to stop driving so closely behind, Edward Kaye told police he was greeted with a rifle. 

The 56-year-old said a silver Yukon was following so close behind him on West Granada Boulevard around 11 a.m. March 19 that it made him uncomfortable. Kaye said he tapped on his brakes in an attempt to get the car to give him more room, but the Yukon continued to stay close behind him. 

Kaye repeatedly tapped his brakes until the Yukon pulled up alongside him at the traffic light at the intersection of West Granada Boulevard and Tymber Creek Road. He told police it was then that the driver of the Yukon picked up a long barrel rifle and pointed it at him. Kaye hit his brakes in fear that the driver would fire the gun at him. 

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office found the Yukon after a traffic stop just 20 minutes later for driving recklessly. The officer contacted the Ormond Beach Police Department after seeing that it matched the description of the vehicle of the one OBPD was looking for. A loaded rifle was found in the car. 

Cody Guthrie, 18, the driver of the Yukon, told police that he was not pointing the gun at anyone, only waving it. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

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