A Riceboro woman is under arrest after allegedly pointing a gun at another motorist, who turned out to be an off-duty police officer.
The alleged road-rage incident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday as Hinesville Police Officer Angela Reynolds was driving home after a shift.
Michelle Denise Smith, 43, was arrested, according to an incident report filed by Liberty County Deputy, Shane Brazier.
According to the report, Smith and Reynolds were driving west on West Oglethorpe Highway in Walthourville. Smith, who was in the right lane, allegedly entered Reynolds’ lane, forcing her to veer into the turning lane.
Reynolds said in a telephone interview Thursday she honked to get the other driver's attention.
As they continued, the report says a passenger with Reynolds, identified as Shanon Fabian, told Reynolds the other driver was pointing a gun into the air. When Reynolds looked, Smith allegedly pointed the gun at her.
Reynolds, who was still wearing her uniform, said she showed Smith her service revolver.
"I showed it to her as a protective,” Reynolds said, “to protect my passenger from harm."
Smith drove into Cedar Hill Mobile Home Park, turned around and headed east with Reynolds following. Brazier, who was notified of the incident by a 911 operator, caught up with Smith and stopped her on Dunlevie Road, near Lakeview Mobile Home Park.
Smith, according to Brazier's report, admitted she had a gun, but denied pointing it at anyone. She said she held it in the air because she was scared.
Smith does have a concealed permit to carry a firearm, according to the report.
She has been charged with pointing a gun at another.