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Driver accused of pulling gun in road rage incident

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 21, 2003

BROOKSVILLE -- One driver's attempt to pass another on Interstate 75 turned into a road rage incident that left a family shaken Thursday but not injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Tony Horn was driving south on I-75 in Hernando County shortly before noon when he decided to pass a 2001 GMC pickup in front of him, the report said. Also riding in the 1995 Ford were Kelly Horn and 81/2-month-old Lucas Horn. It was unclear how the three are related.

At the Horns' request, the Florida Highway Patrol did not release their address or other identifying information.

As Tony Horn made his move in the passing lane, the truck driver "became agitated" and sped up to follow Horn, the report said. The truck driver "began to gesture erratically" at the Horns, then held a .45 semiautomatic gun against his own window, the report said.

The Horns called the Florida Highway Patrol from a mobile phone. As the cars passed into Hillsborough County, a trooper pulled over the pickup.

The truck driver, Richard D. Carlton of 3121 Swaps Trail in Tallahassee, was charged with aggravated assault. He remained at the Hernando County jail Thursday evening in lieu of $7,000 bail.

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