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Man arrested over air gun shooting in apparent road rage incident

Kyodo

Police arrested a man Saturday for allegedly firing an air gun at a car while chasing it in yet another apparent road rage incident six days earlier in central Japan, investigators said.

The man, who is in his 40s, is suspected of shooting at another vehicle on the Tomei Expressway in Aichi Prefecture at around 7 a.m. last Sunday, damaging the car, they said.

Police said the vehicle driven by the suspect was a stolen van.

Approximately 80 minutes after the incident, police in neighboring Gifu Prefecture found a van stalled along the side of the Chuo Expressway after having run out of gas. When officers approached, the driver fled the scene on foot, leaving a female passenger behind in the van.