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Road rage incident snarls traffic in Downtown Coldwater

COLDWATER (WTVB) - Lunch hour traffic was disrupted in downtown Coldwater Friday afternoon as several police officers responded to a complaint of a female motorist pointing a gun at a man in another car.

According to police, a 48-year-old woman from Allen admitted that she showed her handgun to the other motorist because his aggressive driving scared her.  She complained the man was tailgating her, and then pulled alongside and screamed something at her.

The victim, a 26-year-old Coldwater resident, told police that they were both speeding through town when the woman slammed on her brakes, causing him to change lanes.  He claimed the woman pointed the gun at him as he pulled alongside her car.

Police say the woman was issued a concealed pistol license in February of this year in Hillsdale County.

Joe Scheid, Deputy Director of Public Safety, says that "it just goes to show how quickly things can escalate from aggressive driving", and that "this was a case of tailgating that got out of hand.  It could have had tragic consequences."

Police confiscated the gun as evidence are are referring the case to the Branch County Prosecutor's Office for review.

The Branch County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.