Indiana man in jail after alleged road rage incident on Thanksgiving

Indiana man in jail after alleged road rage incident on Thanksgiving

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A southern Indiana man is facing a long list of charges after police said he was involved in a road rage incident that involved a gun.

It happened on Thursday on Grant Line Road in New Albany. Police said Jesse Schaefer, 24, flashed a gun to another driver and was cutting through traffic and driving recklessly. Investigators also said Schaefer drove from Floyd County to Clark County, where things came to an end.

Police said Schaefer wrecked his car near a church on West St. Joe Road in Sellersburg. A woman who lives across the street heard the crash and came out to help.

“Where you can see the broken tiles, that is where he ended up,” witness Jennifer Alexander said. “According to my neighbors they were coming up the hill and he came around the corner, was pretty much airborne and hit that ditch. They were worried because if it had been three seconds sooner they would have been wiped out. That is one of the concerns we have on these sharp corners that people go too fast.”

Alexander said Schaefer got out of his vehicle and had his gun on him. She said Schaefer put the gun away at her request.

Police responded to the scene and arrested Schaefer, whose gun was reported stolen in Michigan.

“It’s not unusual to see these types of incidents happen around the holidays where traffic is heavier and people have a lot of stressors in their lives,” Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. “It’s a good example of what a citizen should do, calling the police and having the police take over the situation. Fortunately, the defendant was able to be apprehended and there was no one injured in the incident. It’s certainly a situation that could have turned violent or deadly with a weapon.”

Schaefer was booked into the Clark County Jail and is now facing several charges, including carrying a handgun without a license, disorderly conduct and reckless driving.

He was in court on Monday. The Clark County prosecutor said the victim who had the gun pointed at him was shaken up, but no one was hurt.

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