A Mandeville man was arrested after allegedly shooting at the tires of another car following a crash on Friday, New Year’s day, Louisiana State Police said.
John L. Reed, 21, of Mandeville was driving his Dodge pickup truck southbound, in the left lane to turn onto Interstate 12 eastbound on Louisiana Highway 59 around 10:30 p.m. when John Elarton, 45, of Magnolia, Mississippi ran a red light, crashing his Chevrolet Silverado into Reed’s truck, Louisiana State Police spokesman Dustin Dwight said.
After the crash, Elarton continued driving northbound on Highway 59, Dwight said. Reed followed him, catching up to Elarton’s truck near the Highway 59 intersection with the I-12 eastbound off-ramp and the pair talked to each other.
When Elarton began driving away, Reed fired his .45 caliber handgun multiple times into the back of Elarton’s truck, Dwight said. Elarton kept driving and Reed again followed.
Reed called police saying he was hit in a hit and run crash and following the suspected driver, Dwight said.
Both cars were stopped by state troopers on US 190 north of I-12, Dwight said. Trooper took the handgun from Reed and arrested him on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of weapons. Elarton was issued a summons for disregard of traffic control.