A man accused of aiming a firearm at passing trucks because he was fed up with jake brake noise has been arrested in Whitfield County, Georgia.
Man Faces Terroristic Threats Charges For Pointing Gun At Trucker
Sixty-eight year old Joe M. Withrow was arrested on August 6 and faces charges of Terroristic Threats and Acts and Pointing a Firearm at Another. He is being held without bond.
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According to a report from News Channel 9, trucker David Crisp filed a complaint with police against Withrow in July after he says that Withrow aimed a gun at his truck. Crisp said, “When he pointed over, I sort of ducked down into the floorboard, kinda got passed.”
Crisp pointed out that it was unsafe not to use his jake brake when coming to a stop at the intersection near Withrow’s home.
Following Crisp’s complaint, a warrant was issued for Withrow, but police weren’t able to locate him until August 6.
Local police say that Withrow had previously attempted to put up signs on his property to forbid jake brake use. When police told Withrow that he was not allowed to put up signs, he said that he would build a bunker and take out trucks.
Withrow’s next court date is scheduled for August 11.