FHP: Georgia man accused of shooting at SUV on turnpike

Troopers warn drivers of road rage dangers

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A Georgia man accused of shooting at the vehicle of a driver who tried to pass him on the Florida Turnpike was arrested Saturday, state Highway Patrol troopers said.

Troopers said Kent Elkins, 52, of Pelham, Georgia, and his wife were driving south on the turnpike in Orange County around 3:45 p.m. when the driver of a Mazda SUV that was behind Elkins' Chevy Equinox changed lines to try to pass Elkins.

Elkins then rolled down his window and fired a gun at the SUV, troopers said. The SUV was not hit by the gunfire.

The driver of the Mazda SUV called 911 and told police that Elkins had fired a weapon at his car, troopers said.

Troopers said they pulled Elkins over in Osceola County at 4:13 p.m. and found a loaded handgun in his vehicle. Elkins told troopers that his gun had fired accidentally, the Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the Mazda was interviewed and troopers said a weapon was also found in his car, but that it had not been discharged.

Troopers said Elkins was arrested and booked into the Osceola County on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and improper display of a firearm.

The Highway Patrol reminded drivers not to engage with another driver that appears to be agitated.

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