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Road-rage charge placed against man

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A Unionville man was arrested Tuesday evening after being accused of displaying a handgun during a road-rage incident in Fredericksburg, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident took place about 7 p.m. near Central Park.

A 20-year-old Stafford County man reported that he and his girlfriend were turning from Plank Road onto Carl D. Silver Parkway when a blue Volkswagen Jetta cut them off. The Jetta then got behind the victims and followed them closely, the victims told police.

After the Jetta driver and the Stafford man exchanged hand gestures, the Jetta driver pulled out a handgun and began waving it around, Bledsoe said. The victims did not say he pointed it at them, but they still felt threatened.

The victims stopped at the Walmart gas pumps and called police, while the other driver went to the rear of the store. A city officer spotted the Jetta leaving the parking lot and stopped him, Bledsoe said.

Two small children, ages 4 and 18 months, were in the back seat. They were later turned over to their mother, who was in the Walmart.

Nicholas Chitwood, 35, was charged with brandishing a firearm, aggressive driving and two counts of child endangerment. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

Chitwood was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under bonds totaling $4,000.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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