Two arrested in separate road rage incidents against truckers

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Police in Florida and Missouri have arrested two men who were both involved in unrelated road rage-fueled clashes with truckers.

In Florida, police arrested 30-year-old Jeffrey Michael Duarte, of Kissimmee, Fla., after Duarte reportedly brandished a handgun at a trucker while both were driving southbound on Interstate 75 near mile marker 417 in Columbia County on Monday. Duarte was booked in the Alachua County jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In Missouri, a man is facing charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, stemming from a road rage incident in which the defendant reportedly opened fire on a trucker on Interstate 44.

The suspect – 22-year-old William Q. Jordan of Midwest City, Okla. – is being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond.

The shooting took place at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, when a truck driver named Sahal Hassan called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to report that he had just been shot at.

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said Hassan and Jordan were in separate vehicles, apparently jockeying for position on the eastbound lanes of I-44 near Pacific, Mo.

“The information the truck driver gave us says he was in the slow lane when the suspect vehicle came alongside, tailgating another vehicle,” Toelke said in a phone interview with “Land Line Now.” “The vehicle that was being tailgated immediately slowed down got behind the tractor trailer. This apparently went on for some time (before the shot was fired).”

Reports indicate that both the truck and Jordan’s vehicle performed multiple lane changes, and Jordan told police he “feared for his life.”

Police reports indicate a bullet was found to have hit the rear portion of the driver’s door of the truck cab, before embedding in the headrest near the driver’s head.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this article.

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