Beltline driver points loaded gun at other driver, police say
2 from Janesville arrested in Beltline road rage incident
A Beltline driver was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he pointed a loaded gun at another driver, according to a release.
A 19-year-old driver told police he was merging from Stoughton Road onto the Beltline around 4:10 p.m. when a passenger in a pickup truck threw a handful of change at him through his open window.
The 19-year-old followed the truck and eventually pulled up near the truck’s window, police said. When he got next to the truck he could see the driver was pointing a weapon at him.
Officers arrested the driver, Bernard B. Richards, 42, and his passenger, Leslie A. Weil, 51, both of Janesville, after they found a loaded handgun inside the truck, according to the release. Weil also had a knife in her handbag.
Weil denied throwing coins at the other driver, and told police the 19-year-old had actually cut them off and given them the finger, officials said.
Richards was arrested on charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a firearm by a felon, disorderly conduct while armed and carrying a concealed weapon. Weil was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
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