3 arrested for shooting paintball gun at drivers on I-65
CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Imagine driving down the interstate at night and seeing a gun barrel pointed your way. That's what happened to at least three truck drivers on Interstate 65 North in Clark County. The gun ended up being a paintball gun, but it was enough to startle the truck drivers.
The Clark County Sheriff's office arrested three people after receiving several calls on Feb. 19 about subjects in a blue or black Honda driving up the interstate and shooting paint balls at tractor trailers. In all three cases that were reported, the driver's side window of the semi was hit.
"What you had is paintballs that were slamming on the drivers side window of these trucks," Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said. "This is at night time, it's dark and they are hearing these projectiles hitting the windows of their trucks not knowing what it is. In fact, one of those semi truck drivers said he almost had a wreck."
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A Sheriff's officer in the Memphis area got a description of the car and arrested Kinsey Prather, 21, Joshua Spears, 24, and Ryan Bowles, 21.
Deputies said Bowles was firing the paintball gun by hanging out the window of the moving car as they would pull up to a semi, shooting at the truck driver's window.
One of the three truck drivers who called 911 is Eddie Boyd of Wyoming, his semi was carrying large vinyl rolls.
"The load I was hauling was 75,000 pounds," truck driver Eddie Boyd said.
Boyd's window was covered in paint. He felt and heard the impact of the paintballs hitting his window. It was enough to scare him and cause his semi to swerve on the road.
"If I had been a smoker and my window would have been down, it would have hit me right in the face," Boyd said. "That's how close the paintballs were to the drivers head. They could have killed a bunch of people and caused a huge mess."
The trio told authorities they were shooting their gun for fun. The three suspects are facing charges of criminal recklessness and criminal mischief. Deputies also found marijuana in their vehicle, so they are facing charges for that as well.
They were booked into the Clark County jail on Saturday and bonded out just a few hours later.
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