BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont Police are investigating after an alleged road rage incident became an assault with a deadly weapon after several shots were fired Wednesday morning.
Ryan Rogers, 26, of Beaumont, has been arrested and charged two counts of Aggravated Assault and Driving while Intoxicated according to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department.
Police were initially called by a driver at 6:47 a.m. to report what police call a “rolling disturbance” or road rage incident along Cardinal Drive near Fourth St. according to police.
In that incident the caller reported that as they traveled west they had been rear-ended by a black pickup truck. Dispatchers told the caller to get off the highway so that officers could meet with them.
The caller pulled off the highway around 11th street according to police.
A short time later police received a second call from a driver who reported being shot at after being involved in a minor accident with the black pickup.
In that incident the caller told police he had been rear-ended by the truck but when he pulled over to the truck sped away.
He then followed the truck to attempt to get the license plate number according to police.
While the caller followed the black pickup it wrecked along the 4900 block of Plant Road and came to rest in a yard against a dirt pile police told 12News.
The driver of the pickup then fired several shots into the ground and as the caller fled fired several shots at the caller’s car as it drove away police said.
When officers arrived, they took the pickup driver into custody and discovered that the driver may have been intoxicated according to police.
The pickup driver was arrested and police plan to file charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault.
The name of the pickup driver, who may face more charges, has not been released.
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From a Beaumont Police Department news release...
On Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 6:47 a.m., Beaumont Police received a call in reference to a “Rolling Disturbance”, also referred to as road rage, near West Cardinal and 4th Street.
The caller stated that someone driving a black Dodge Ram struck the back of his vehicle several times and was attempting to run him off the roadway.
A few minutes later, Beaumont Police received a second call in reference to a Hit and Run that had just occurred in the 7900 block of Eastex, involving the same suspect vehicle.
The second complainant, followed the suspect vehicle and observed it leave the roadway and strike a mud pile in the 4900 block of Plant Road.
The complainant went to check on the suspect and the suspect fired several rounds from a handgun into the ground.
The complainant called police and left the area, at which time the suspect fired additional rounds at the complainant’s vehicle.
Officers arrived on scene and placed the suspect, identified as Ryan Rogers, a 26 year old Beaumont resident, under arrest.
Rogers was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault and Driving while Intoxicated