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Teen waves BB gun at pair in Leesburg road-rage incident, deputies say

Deputies: Victims follow, record teen driver's behavior

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LEESBURG, Fla. – A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after waving what appeared to be a handgun during a road-rage incident, Lake County deputies said.

Deputies said at least two people inside a Ford Explorer told authorities they were cut off and nearly hit twice by the teenage boy, who was driving a Nissan Sentra on U.S. Highway 441 around 3:15 p.m.

The victim driving the Explorer pulled up beside the teen's car and yelled at him before the drivers of both vehicles continued driving north as they cut off and "brake checked" each other, according to the incident report. 

After an argument took place between the drivers, the victims said the teenage driver pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun and waved it out the window as he pointed it at their vehicle, the report said.

Deputies said the victims followed the boy and recorded the incident in a cell phone video until they reached the area of Fennell Boulevard and Veteran's Way, when 911 dispatchers told them not to pursue his vehicle.

The boy then turned into The Quarters Apartments, where a woman, her mother and two children flagged down responding deputies and said they were walking when they saw a man in a blue Nissan waving gun, the report said.

Leesburg police found the teen's vehicle and assisted Lake County deputies in making a traffic stop in the 700 block of North 14 Street. Authorities said they found what looked like a handgun inside the vehicle, but learned it was actually a BB gun.

The teen was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault without a deadly weapon, according to the report.


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