Road rage shooting suspect has violent criminal record

Road rage shooting suspect has violent criminal record
Published: Sep. 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2016 at 10:30 PM EDT
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Timothy Corbin, who's accused of shooting at a car during a road rage incident, has a violent...
Timothy Corbin, who's accused of shooting at a car during a road rage incident, has a violent criminal record. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

VALLEY STATION, KY (WAVE) - His records shows convictions or plead-outs for sexual abuse, assault and methamphetamine.

But, Timothy 'Big Tim' Corbin, 44, kept a low profile at Autumn Lake Pointe mobile home park, until Friday, September 9.

"He went to work, came home minded his own business," neighbor Karl Wollmann told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday. "We had no problems out of him, out here." 

Corbin is in Louisville Metro Corrections on $100,000 cash bond, charged with three counts of wanton endangerment possession of a handgun by a felon. Metro detectives believe a case of road rage drove Corbin to open fire on a pickup truck in the lane next to him on the Gene Snyder Freeway. The shots narrowly missed the driver and her two young children.

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"These allegations easily could have resulted in the death of one or more people," Jefferson District Judge David Holton said at Corbin's jail court arraignment Wednesday morning.

"How does anybody shoot at children in a car," Wollmann asked.

Detectives said Corbin had never met his alleged victims, nor were they sure what prompted the encounter.

"She noticed a person was driving erratically beside her," LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said."Nothing to indicate that the victim was doing anything wrong, other than maybe not going fast enough for this individual."

The encounter came to a head near the Stonestreet Road exit of I-265 southbound, Corbin's arrest report indicated.
"(The pickup's driver) felt the situation was getting to a point where she needed to let this individual know she had kids in the car," Mitchell said. "She turned on her dome light."

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The arrest report states Corbin pointed a handgun out the driver's side window, firing once. The round struck the pickup's radiator and lodged in a wheel well.

Mitchell considers the mother's response remarkable. "The mere fact that somebody's shooting at you, and you still have the wherewithal to still maintain control of the vehicle and things like that. That vehicle easily could have wrecked."

The woman called in the license plate number. The trace led to a car registered to Corbin's girlfriend and her mobile home.
"They (detectives) were out out here the next morning," Wollmann said.  "I came out here because I thought somebody was beating on a trailer - they were beating on his."

Cell phone text messages showed that Corbin told his girlfriend to claim the gun was hers and that she was with him somewhere else the night before, the arrest report read.

"His girlfriend is one of the nicest young ladies I've ever met," Wollman said. "She is super cool. I don't even think she believes it."

Corbin's Facebook page indicates he's a foreman for an auto repair shop on Preston Highway. He lists his credo as "lead, follow, or get the hell out of my way."

Corbin was arrested at work Tuesday afternoon. "It's where we could find him," Mitchell said.

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The accusations, and Corbin's criminal record, appeared to prompt Judge Holton to break from the norm during Corbin's first court appearance.
"You're presumed innocent, but this behavior is uncalled for and is totally unacceptable in a civilized society," Judge Holton said. "No bond reduction, no work release, no contact."

Corbin is due back in court September 30.

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