Women describe violent road rage attack

by: Tom Regan Updated:

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Two young women from Cherokee County tell Channel 2 Action News they were chased by a drunk driver who later fired at them in a cul-de-sac Tuesday night.

"We could see him pulling the gun out like that. He says something, lets out a fire, and I just pause and it was like did he really just shoot at me?" said Jordyn Pierce.

Pierce and friend Sarah Ashe, both 20 years old, told Channel 2's Tom Regan that it all began when they passed a black Lexus that was driving slowly and swerving on a Canton street.

The Lexus began tailing them.

"It went from 10 miles an hour to 60 miles an hour on our bumper," Ashe said.

The women led the driver to a cul-de-sac on Apple Orchard Lane where friends live and called them for help.

But as the friends came out of a house, the driver opened fire on Pierce's truck. The bullet hit the ground next to the front tire.

"He only got one shot and then his gun jammed," Pierce said.

Investigators arrested the driver, Richard Wilt, 42, of Woodstock, a short distance away from the scene.

"It appeared he was under the influence of a number of things. Not only did he have alcohol in the car, he had marijuana, and prescription medicine in the car. He was definitely under the influence," said Cherokee Sheriff Office Lt. Jay Baker.

Investigators found a .45 caliber handgun in the suspect's car and ammunition. Ammo shells were also found at the scene.

"It looked like he tried to shoot again. The gun jammed, apparently ejected some shells on the ground and he left," Baker said.

Wilt was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, discharging a firearm while intoxicated, DUI, possession of a schedule II drug, possession of marijuana and open container.

Wilt remains in the Cherokee County Jail on a $60,000 bond.



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