Police say a drunk man pointed a gun at another driver after trying to run him off a Massachusetts highway early Tuesday morning.
Jason Root, a 37-year-old Beverly man, allegedly began following an SUV in his Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 93 southbound, then continued on Interstate 95. State police responded around 2:30 a.m. to I-95 in Woburn, where a crash had been reported on the southbound side of the road.
The victim told police Root had rear-ended him and tried to run him off I-93 repeatedly. After he exited onto I-95, Root continued chasing him, then pulled in front of him and forced him to stop in the middle lane, according to police.
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The man says Root then got out, screamed at him and pointed a gun at him. The victim ducked for cover, drove away and called police.
When police responded, Root told a trooper he had a gun on the seat and was licensed to carry. He allegedly failed multiple sobriety tests.
Root faces charges of OUI, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation and resisting arrest. He was expected to be arraigned Tuesday at Woburn District Court. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.