Stoney Creek man charged with brandishing pistol during road rage incident

Published 8:17 am Friday, January 22, 2016

Kenneth Leonard

Kenneth Leonard

A Stoney Creek man was arrested Wednesday after two people reported to police the man pointed a handgun at them during a road rage incident.
Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kenneth Leonard, 67, 3119 Highway 91, Elizabethton, late Wednesday afternoon and charged him with two counts aggravated assault.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday , CCSO Lt. Jeff Markland responded to Fletcher’s Store on Highway 91 in Stoney Creek to investigate a report of a road rage incident.
“Upon my arrival I spoke with (a man) who stated that he and his girlfriend were traveling southbound on State Route 91 and a blue Chevrolet Tracker was following close behind them,” Markland said, adding the man said he pulled over at a church to let the Tracker pass him.
The man told the officer the driver of the Tracker, later identified as Leonard, turned around in the middle of the road and then got out of the car and walked toward them.
“They both reported that (Leonard) then pulled a handgun out of his waistband and pointed it at them and began threatening them,” Markland said.
The man said he told Leonard his girlfriend was pregnant and asked Leonard to leave them alone, at which point, he said Leonard got back in his vehicle and left.
The man gave Markland the tag number for the Tracker, which Markland said came back to a blue Chevrolet Tracker owned by Leonard. At that time, Markland went to Leonard’s home and spoke to him. “He stated that he did get in to an altercation with the (man) but denied brandishing a firearm,” Markland said.
Markland arrested Leonard and transported him to the Carter County Detention Center, where he was later released after posting bond.

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