Making the road ways unsafe to other individuals

All southern California drivers have incurred the wrath of other drivers at times when negotiating the region’s crowded highways and byways. And it’s a sure bet that we all have felt that same wrath towards other drivers. The expression of that anger might be a rude gesture, insults, or purposely driving dangerously or making the road ways unsafe to other individuals. All these actions can be classified as road rage. Being involved in road rage incidents may lead to minor verbal arguments to assault with a dangerous weapon.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines one version of road rage as an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle that was caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.

Convicted of pulling gun in parking lot

Richard Connors, a Massachusetts attorney has been sentenced to a year in jail after a jury found him guilty of pulling a handgun on another driver in the parking lot of a mall last year.

The encounter started when the victim, a 30-year-old man, saw a woman walking toward her parked car, a BMW, and waited for her space. In the parked car a man, later identified as the woman’s husband Richard Connors, was sitting in the passenger seat. The victim admitted that he was growing impatient with the time it was taking for the woman to back out.

Connors got out of the passenger side of the BMW and walked up to the victim’s car. As the victim tried to open his door to get out, Connors pushed the door closed and pointed a gun at him, the victim later told police.

The victim dialed 911 and got the license plate of the BMW, which drove away.

Police later showed the victim photos of a series of bald, middle-aged men in a photo array identification procedure. According to the police report, the victim quickly picked out Connors.

Connors, 61, was found guilty of one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Judge Allen Swan imposed the one-year jail term and ordered Connors into custody immediately after the verdict. Connors will be eligible for parole after serving half of the sentence.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman