Thursday, October 25, 2012
Woman claims she was shot at while driving on 121 in The Colony
Police are currently investigating the incident.
THE COLONY The Colony Police Department received a frantic 911 call Wednesday at 10:27 a.m. from what police called a hysterical female driver.
Darren Brockway, spokesman for The Colony PD, said the driver claimed she was shot at on Sam Rayburn Tollway near Paige Road and Spring Creek Parkway.
"Officers and medics arrived because she was hysterical," Brockway said. "We couldn't get much information from her. The officers checked the vehicle - there were no bullet holes - and went to the area where she claimed it happened and found no bullet holes or shell casings."
Officers have looked at video from the tollway and have confirmed there was a vehicle near the woman's at the time she stated. There is no indication or confirmation shots were fired.
"We are now finding out that she may have had a blowout and there could have been some road rage happening while in traffic," Brockway said. "At this time we cannot confirm that shots were actually fired. We are not ruling it out and will need to enhance the video we have to determine that. NTTA is now in the process of [providing us with] those videos so we can watch and enhance it."
Because of the blowout, the woman lost control of her vehicle and hit a pole but Brockway said there was only minor damage to the woman's vehicle. She was taken to Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton for anxiety issues.
"The victim in this case is still unable to give a clear story of what happened, but what we are piecing together is that there was some arguing in traffic," Brockway said. "Then this happened, so when she calms down she can give us a full story of what happened. In the meantime, we will be looking at the video to see if we can make that determination ourselves."
Officers have a partial license plate and will be investigating the incident.
"If we do find out shots were fired, then that is deadly conduct, which is a felony and we will pursue it to the full extent," Brockway said. "Even if a gun was just displayed, we would still want to talk with that person. It's obviously scared this woman half to death. Even displaying a firearm in a threatening manner is still a crime - a very serious one. I think she could argue that she was in fear for her life."
Road rage issues are not uncommon in The Colony, Brockway said, as the department receives daily complaints.
"These calls increase during peak traffic hours where people do get upset and a simple honking of the horn could set off people who are usually sweet people but it turns them into monsters," he said. "We do try to tell people that if there is a vehicle in front of you that is driving slower than what you would like, there is probably a reason for that. A simple honking of a horn could fire up someone's adrenaline and people could get mad and you never know what they're going to do."
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