FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County authorities say a Pennsylvania man flashed a pellet gun at another driver on Interstate 70 near New Market.

Brent Archer, 31, of New Freedom, Pa., is free on $85,000 bail after sheriff’s deputies charged him Saturday with reckless endangerment and assault.

The sheriff’s office says the driver of a Nissan Altima claimed Archer’s GMC Yukon SUV cut him off in traffic.

The Nissan driver says that when he rolled down his window to look at the SUV driver, Archer waved what turned out to be a plastic pellet gun with its telltale orange tip painted black.

Archer contends the Nissan driver screamed at him and made an obscene gesture. Nevertheless, he says he was wrong to display the gun.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. Dennis says:

    That is BS. Cops can shoot innocent men in the face and get away with it and yet you cannot hold up a pellet gun as a means of detering some nut job from possibly harming you. No wonder people are starting to stand up to cops. They are tired of their police state tactics. I guess people should just carry real guns and shoot to kill. You are going to jail anyway.

    1. SaneInMD says:

      You’re a moron…….Your rambling, without any substance, provides a good case for gun control. What on earth does your comment have to do with the subject? My guess is that you are also a redneck moron from PA too……..

    2. Tracey says:

      Dennis, you are a complete idiot! You are so off point with this article. One of those cry babies that uses any chance they can to bash cops. Even the guy who did it admitted he was wrong to do it…get a life!

  2. Marc says:

    bleeding heart liberal.. the only people that adhere to gun laws are the law abiding citizens.. criminals will still get and keep weapons.. leaving the rest of us defenseless.. sounds like a great idea..

  3. Mark says:

    I don’t really see where this would fall into a good case of gun control. The person brandishing the “weapon” is clearly a moron and has probably used the plastic gun on multiple occasions to express his opinion to people on the roads. What he did is wrong and was treated accordingly. The best method I’ve found to deal with someone road raging is a smile and thumbs up… maybe throw in a laugh. As far as guns go, they are but a tool in which people use, taking them away from the responsible citizens due to the irresponsible ones using them for criminal acts isn’t the answer since the criminals will still find ways of obtaining them for their pursuits.

  4. Dennis says:

    Of course I have a strong dislike for cops. Point is, whether it was wise to brandish a pellet gun, he was no threat to anyone. He drove away. Morons!

  5. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Guns of any kind are un-necessary. When one is pointed at you, tell me it’s real or a fake or pellet, especially in the dark.

    1. Dan says:

      Tell me how unneccesary they are when someone breaks into your unarmed home and has one pointed at you, ready to pull the trigger because he/she has no regard for human life.

  6. David says:

    You are all missing the point. The problem is that people get away with pointing real guns and fake guns at people on highways. You will be driving by this same man in the near future. I can assure you he will not be banned from driving. Next time he may have a real gun with bullets in it. That should scare us all! and he is not the only idiot in Maryland! This incident happened in a rural area! it wasn’t even in a Baltimore ghetto.

  7. Dennis says:

    I doubt if next time he will have a real gun with real bullets. You are just using a scare tactic. And no, I would not be scared. I carry protection when I drive but luckily have never had to use it. My first defense is to drive away. If they follow then my life is in danger.

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