A grand jury will decide whether charges should be filed in a road rage case that involved one man tossing a bowl of oatmeal at another man who had pulled a pistol, Texas City police said.
The incident happened about 9 a.m. Monday on state Highway 146 near Loop 197 in Texas City.
A 49-year-old man and his wife were driving northbound on state Highway 146 in their red Mercedes, while their 20-year-old daughter followed in a black Mercedes, according to police reports.
The father reported looking in his rearview mirror and noticing a man in a white Chevy pickup too close to his daughter’s car.
The father told police he saw the truck driver flailing his arms in an “agitated state,” Capt. Brian Goetschius said.
The father pulled over to the side of the road, as did his daughter. The driver of the truck kept going, but the father gave chase.
“There was evidentially some swerving between the two vehicles, and the two exchanged words and were cussing at each other,” Goetschius said.
The two men pulled over near the Highway 146 overpass at Loop 197, where both got out of the car.
The driver of the truck got out first and had a bowl of oatmeal in his hand, according to police records.
The driver of the Mercedes grabbed his pistol and confronted the driver of the truck.
“Fearing for his safety, (the driver of the truck) tossed his bowl of oatmeal at (the man with the gun) to distract him and get away,” said Goetschius, reading from the police reports.
During the argument, Pct. 5 Constable Mike Montez drove up and took the pistol away from the 49-year-old Texas City man, who police confirmed had a concealed handgun permit.
Initially, the gun owner was arrested but was not charged. After spending the morning in jail, he was released with no charges.
Goetschius said the case would be referred to a grand jury to determine whether any charges would be filed.
Source: Galveston Daily News