INDEPENDENCE, MN – A 19-year-old Big Lake man is facing a felony charge of terroristic threats following an alleged road rage incident.
According to a formal complaint, authorities Grant Pedersen, who was initially identified as being from Buffalo, pointed a silver pellet gun out of the driver’s window of the vehicle he was driving and swore at a fellow motorist before 8 a.m. June 2.
Per the complaint, the motorist told officers a vehicle had passed his vehicle and another vehicle at an estimated speed of 100 mph while southbound on Hennepin County Road 17. At a stop sign at the intersection with County Road 6, the caller reportedly pulled up next to the suspect vehicle, rolled down his window, and told the suspect driver to “slow down” and “driving like that was not worth it,” according to the West Hennepin Public Safety Department media report.
It was at that point that Pedersen allegedly pointed the gun at the reporting party, who said he believed the gun was a handgun, feared for his life, and leaned his seat back to get out of the way before Pedersen drove away from the scene.
After the caller provided the suspect’s license plate and identified Pedersen from a photo lineup, Pedersen was located at his residence, interviewed, arrested, and charged, according to the formal complaint.
See the June 15 edition of the Delano Herald Journal for more information.