NC man arrested after allegedly shooting out semi’s tire on I-95 in Sussex

Posted at 11:07 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 14:41:04-05

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. – A North Carolina man has been arrested after allegedly shooting out the tire of a tractor-trailer during a bizarre road rage incident on I-95 in Sussex County earlier this week.

Virginia State Police said troopers were dispatched to a shooting call along I-95 near the 32 mile marker in Sussex County just before 12:09 p.m. Wednesday after the drivers of a semi and a 2015 Subaru Outback were headed north "began engaging with one another."

"Their behavior progressed to the point of the Subaru driving down the right shoulder, pulling up alongside the tractor-trailer and its driver shooting at the tractor-trailer," Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick wrote in a news release.

Vick said one of the rounds hit the semi's right rear tandem tire. As a result, the driver of the semi called state police to report what happened.

Troopers, who spotted the Subaru exiting I-95 at the Carson Scales exit, pulled over the vehicle on Route 301.

Alton Parker (SOURCE: Virginia State Police)

Alton Parker (SOURCE: Virginia State Police)

Vick said the driver of the Subaru, 55-year-old Alton B. Parker, of Fayetteville, N.C., was charged with attempted murder in the 2nd degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting from a moving vehicle and maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle.

Parker, who was arrested without incident,s is being held at the Riverside Regional Jail.

Officials said the driver of the tractor-trailer, a 27-year-old Florida man, was not injured.

Vick said this incident serves as a good reminder of why drivers should avoid aggressive driving behaviors.

“If you find yourself in a threatening situation on the road, then call State Police at #77," Vick said.  "Please provide a description of the vehicle involved, direction of travel, if weapons have been displayed and any other pertinent information that can aid in the apprehension of the individual(s) involved.”