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Man arrested in road-rage incidents near DeLand, deputies say

Cops: Chance Everett had loaded handgun when taken into custody

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DeLAND, Fla. – A 22-year-old man has been taken into custody after he allegedly shot at a vehicle and aimed his weapon at another vehicle during two separate road-rage incidents, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The first incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of U.S. Highway 17 and State Road 15A near DeLand.

Three people were driving in the vehicle shot at when it got behind a white Ford Focus with one person inside, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said there was some horn honking, an exchange of words and jockeying for position between the two vehicles.

At one point, the two vehicles were side by side. Deputies said the Ford then dropped back behind the victim vehicle and fired at the victim vehicle in front of it.

The victim vehicle wasn't struck and there were no injuries, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said the victim vehicle stopped and a person inside called 911 to report the incident and provide a description of the suspect driver and his vehicle.

At 5:41 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said it received a report of another road-rage incident in the area of Boston Avenue and Kentucky Avenue near DeLand, involving the same white Ford Focus.

There were two people in the victim vehicle. There weren't any shots fired in this incident, but the victims reported that the driver pulled out a handgun and pointed it one of the victims before driving off, deputies said.

In this incident, the victims were able to provide a tag number for the suspect vehicle, which led deputies to a home on Wiley Avenue, where the vehicle was found with no one inside.

Deputies set up a perimeter outside the home and took the man, identified as Chance Everett, 22, into custody as he was coming out of the house and in front yard at about 6:40 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

Everett had a loaded handgun in his pocket when taken into custody. Deputies said it was the same gun believed to have been used in both road-rage incidents.

During questioning, Everett told sheriff's investigators that the second incident was actually a case of mistaken identity. He said he thought it was the vehicle from the first incident and that they were following him, according to authorities.

Everett was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. He was being held on $250,000 bond.