Authorities took into custody a man who allegedly fired a pistol at another car during a road rage event late Saturday in Lincoln County. He was arrested after he fled from police and hid in a cornfield for several hours.
Justin Chesser, 23, of the 400 block of Highway KK is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.
According to the police report, Chesser, who was driving a blue Chevrolet Malibu, started tailgating another car about 11 p.m. Saturday, Three teenagers in the car told police later that Chesser was flashing his lights at them, so they pulled into the slow lane to let Chesser pass.
When Chesser went by, he made an obscene gesture, police said.
In an area near the Crossroads Boulevard at Route U and Hwy. 61, Chesser allegedly was waiting for them and drove up along their car in the slow lane. He pulled out a pistol, aiming for the front seat passenger, police said. He fired and hit in front of their car, then sped off, the report stated..
The teens pulled their car over and contacted police, who began looking for Chesser’s vehicle. They spotted the Malibu on Highway 61, north of Lincoln Drive and began to follow him.
As Chesser passed the Cuivre River bridge, he began to brake erratically, police said, and made an abrupt turn on onto the shoulder of the highway. Chesser got out of the car and reached for something. Police pulled their weapons on Chesser and told him to show his hands, but he fled instead, crossing Highway 61 and entered a cornfield near Sydnorville Road. His Malibu, which was still in drive, rolled off the right side of the highway.
Chesser refused to come out of the cornfield for several hours, but was eventually taken into custody approximately at 2 a.m. Police found three weapons in his car.
Bail was initially set at $100,000 cash only in the case. However a bond reduction hearing was held with the bond being reduced to 10 percent only. Chesser also can make no contact with the victims and have no possession of firearms.
Those accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.