Park City man pleads guilty to pulling gun on motorist in road-rage incident
A Park City man who pulled a gun on a motorist during a road-rage incident in April pleaded guilty on Monday to avoid a potential jail sentence.
Jacob Barnes, 42, entered into a 12-month plea in abeyance in Summit County’s 3rd District Court to threatening with or using a dangerous weapon in a fight or quarrel, a class A misdemeanor. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Prosecutors agreed to drop two additional charges, driving on a suspended or revoked license and failure to signal when stopping or slowing in exchange for the guilty plea.
Judge Patrick Corum ordered Barnes to complete a mental health evaluation, write a letter of apology, pay a $400 fee and forfeit his gun. If Barnes completes successfully completes all the terms and conditions outlined in the plea deal, his offense will be lowered to a class B misdemeanor. A review hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2019.
The charges stem from a road-rage incident Barnes was involved in on April 7 at the intersection of S.R. 224 and Canyons Resort Drive.A woman was traveling south on S.R. 224 when she approached a silver Mazda Miata driven by Barnes.
Court documents state he proceeded to slowly drive in the right turn lane without using a signal, causing the woman to brake suddenly to avoid a collision.
When the woman honked her horn at Barnes, he exited his vehicle and walked toward her with a gun in his hand, according to court documents.
Officers later found a loaded gun in the center console of Barnes’ car. Prosecutors say he complained about how the woman drove her car, and claimed his life was in danger and he “had to do something about it.”
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