JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – On Independence Day, an apparent case of road rage led police to arrest a Kentucky National Guardsman. Michael Sullivan, 26, is accused of waving his gun at another driver on the Kennedy Bridge.
"Mr. Sullivan claimed that the victim in the case had cut him off in traffic and pulled in too close in the front of his vehicle and then he had hit his brakes and slowed down," said Jeremy Mull, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor.
Sullivan was in his car with his girlfriend in the passenger seat on Thursday afternoon.
Investigators say instead of just keeping his cool, Sullivan got caught up in the moment and reached for his gun.
"Which he waved in the air, in an attempt to intimidate the victim in this case," said Mull.
Instead, the other driver called 911 and then followed Sullivan to a Marathon gas station on Veterans Parkway. That's where police showed up to get both sides of the story.
They put Sullivan in handcuffs and booked him into the Clark County Jail. It was shocking news for his neighbors in Louisville.
"Whoever cut him off they must of really done something wrong because I don't see him as a confrontational person," said Ann Wimbun, who lives in the same apartment complex. "He's a sweet person and it's really sad to hear."
Sullivan, who has already served overseas, was preparing to leave again. "He was getting ready to be deployed," said Wimbun. "He had packed all his things and was really excited and ready to go."
In just days he was headed to Kuwait, now his future could be up in the air. "I hate to see something like this jeopardize his future and his career," said Wimbun.
WAVE 3 spoke with the victim in this case. While he did not want to go on camera, he did say he hopes Sullivan learns a lesson from this and he also hopes it doesn't affect his military career.
Sullivan was in court on Friday in Clark County. He is charged with intimidation, a C felony and with carrying a handgun without a license.
WAVE 3 contacted the Kentucky National Guard to find out how this will impact his future, but we have not heard back.
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