Driver arrested in road rage incident with teens
December 9, 2004
A 51-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos truck driver was arrested Tuesday for driving under the influence after three teenage girls said he threatened them in an apparent road-rage incident that began in Carson City and ended at the sheriff’s substation at the Tillman shopping center.
“At 3:40 p.m., three hysterical females in their late teens stormed into the sheriff’s substation located in the Gardnerville Ranchos and made contact with the officer,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta.
The girls told the substation officer that Frank Holton had driven up alongside them in Carson City, yelling obscenities and making hand gestures that he had a weapon.
At a traffic light, the girls said Holton flashed a badge implying he was a law enforcement officer. The badge turned out to be a volunteer firefighter’s badge, deputies said.
Holton told de-puties that the 18-year-old driver had cut him off on Highway 50 near Mound House east of Carson City.
The girls said that Holton followed them to Saliman Road in Carson City and pulled up along side. He got out of his vehicle, hit the girls’ car window and tried to open a passenger door.
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The girls sped away and followed Holton south on Highway 395, through the Gardnerville Ranchos until they spotted the sheriff’s substation in the Tillman shopping center.
The girls said they followed Holton to Gardnerville hoping they would see a deputy they could flag down.
Holton followed them into the substation and confronted the girls until he was ordered to wait in the parking lot for another deputy.
Holton’s alcohol content tested at more than twice the legal limit of .08.
He was charged with driving under the influence, destruction of property and impersonating a police officer.
“Incidents of road rage can and frequently escalate very quickly,” Mezzetta said.
“The potential of personal injury to those involved as well as to other drivers on the roadway is very real. Should anyone find himself or herself challenged by another driver, the worst thing you can do is respond aggressively or in-kind. Allow the other driver to pass by and notify law enforcement.
“There are many rights in this nation worth standing for. The right-of-way is not one of them,” Mezzetta said.