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.
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.”