Road rage case ends in arrest |

Road rage case ends in arrest

SUMMIT COUNTY – Law enforcement officers arrested a Utah man Sunday after one motorist pulled a handgun on another driver during a case of apparent road rage on Interstate 70.

Colorado State Police said 23-year-old Caleb Reeve is charged with threatening the occupants of another vehicle during a traffic altercation on westbound Interstate 70 late Sunday morning.

Trooper Lloyd Smith followed Reeve’s vehicle after the victims informed him of the incident. With assistance from two other troopers, Silverthorne Officer Mark Watson and Deputy Sam Hunter of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Smith stopped the vehicle just east of exit 203, by Frisco. Officers handcuffed, searched and questioned the four male occupants.

Though the men initially told officers they had a disassembled pistol in the car – which they said they had not used – Reeve eventually confessed he had brandished the gun during the earlier altercation, Smith said. His story matched that of the couple he threatened.

Reeve was charged with felony menacing, Smith said. He was released from the Summit County Jail around 4 p.m. Sunday, after posting the $2,500 bond, said Jill Berman, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

The three passengers in Reeve’s vehicle were not charged, Smith said.

Sunday’s incident illustrates how traffic altercations often can escalate into road rage – endangering others, Smith said.

Rather than engaging in an altercation with another driver, it’s best to back off and ensure the safety of oneself and one’s passengers, he said.

Smith urged people to call 911 or *CSP if threatened while on the highway or interstate. Callers should provide a description of the car, direction of travel and any license plate information, if possible.

“Any citizen has the right to file a complaint against another driver,” he said. “But people have to be willing to go to court.”

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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