A Florida priest is facing two counts of aggravated assault stemming from a road rage incident that saw the holy man allegedly whip out his handgun and point it at another vehicle. Not even priests are immune from wanting to go postal every now and then, it appears.
35-year-old William Rian Adams, an Episcopal priest from North Carolina, was making his way down Florida’s Turnpike in Palm City when he attempted to brake check a pickup that was closely following behind him, the Palm Beach Post reported.
The pickup truck driver decided to pass Adams up and go in front of him, a move that caused Adams to grab his handgun and point it at the offending vehicle. That prompted the occupants of the truck to phone police, who pulled over Adams’ vehicle shortly thereafter.
In his own defense, Adams told investigators that he was just minding his own business when the people in the pickup truck pulled up beside him, rolled down a window, and began screaming at him. He even claimed that somebody threw a drink at his car.
While he admitted that he did carry a Glock 22, Adams insisted that the gun was not loaded and had been kept under his seat throughout the interaction. The 24-year-old man and 54-year-old woman who were in the pickup truck claimed otherwise, telling state troopers that Adams pointed the gun in their direction and caused them to fear for their safety.
Adams faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was held in custody on a $15,000 bail, which he posted.