Posted on 10/02/2015, 11:01 am, by mySteinbach

A Lorette man is facing numerous charges after being arrested by RCMP in a recent road rage related incident.

On September 29, 2015, at around 7:30am, Oakbank RCMP received a report of a road rage incident that occurred on the East Perimeter Highway near the RM of Springfield, Manitoba.

The initial report described an event where two northbound vehicles had engaged in excessive speeds, each trying to pass the other, ending with one driver cutting the other off.

As both came to a stop at a red light at Highway 15, two male occupants exited their vehicle and approached the driver of the other vehicle involved in the incident. After a short exchange, the driver that was approached brandished what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol and uttered threats to the two males. Those two males immediately left the scene and called the police.

Officers later located and arrested the male reported to have brandished the pistol. Further to a police investigation, members of the Oakbank RCMP seized the pistol, a Colt Defender .177 calibre air pistol.

“Engaging in a road rage incident not only puts you at risk, but also the other drivers sharing the same road,” said Sgt. Bert Paquet of the Manitoba RCMP. “Serious driving offences should be reported to the police instead of having drivers getting involved in unpredictable situations.”

RCMP report that 25-year-old Ryan James Groening of Lorette, Manitoba, has been charged with pointing a firearm, uttering threats and using a firearm while committing an indictable offence. Groening has since been released from police custody and will make his first court appearance in Beausejour Court on November 17, 2015.