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Police: Athens man had toddler in truck when brandishing gun in alleged road rage incident

Zachariah M. Collazo

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested Sunday afternoon for an alleged road rage incident in which he allegedly brandished a gun at another motorist, Athens-Clarke County police said.

At about 4:44 p.m., officers responded to the area of Commerce Road and the Athens Perimeter, looking for the suspect in the incident, according to police Capt. Christopher Nichols.

“The victim was leaving a business on Commerce Road and pulled onto the highway,” Nichols said. “A red GMC Sonoma began closely following the driver. The Sonoma drove into the center turning lane and the driver brandished a pistol at the victim. The victim sped up to get away from the Sonoma, pulled to the side of the road, and then got the tag number of the truck. The victim provided a description of the incident and suspect to police."

 “Officer Ted Katt located the Sonoma in the parking lot of a restaurant on Prince Avenue,” Nichols said. “The driver, Zachariah Collazo, 24, of Athens, was detained and a loaded handgun was located in the vehicle.”

Officers also found that an improperly restrained 3-year-old child was in the pickup truck with Collazo, according to the police captain.

Collazo was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, third-degree cruelty to children, improper use of central turning lane, following another vehicle too closely, and cited for a child safety restraint violation.

As on Monday morning, the North Bluff Road resident continued to be detained at the county jail, without bail being set for the assault charge.

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