Police charge man in road rage incident.
A Spring City man is facing charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver during a catand-mouse chase on Route 724 that covered two counties.
John Robert Zeh, 38, of Spring City, was arrested Sunday after a victim reported to police that a driver had pointed a gun at him during an apparent road rage incident.
Just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, state police spoke with the victim who said he had been driving home from a friend’s house in Birdsboro when he turned onto Route 724 and began driving east toward Pottstown, police said in the affidavit of probable cause. Once the victim turned onto Route 724 he started following a black Ford Focus.
As he was driving, the victim said he observed the Focus speeding up and slowing down for no reason. As they approached the 2000 block of East Main Street in Union Township, the driver of the Focus, later identified as Zeh, pulled onto shoulder and allowed the victim to pass, police said.
Zeh then immediately began following the victim and tailgating his vehicle, the victim told police. Zeh then allegedly drove into the opposite lane, passed the victim and slowed back down to let the victim pass. The victim told police that as they “approached the bridge that goes to Route 422” the victim saw Zeh point a handgun at his vehicle in his rearview mirror. The victim said around the intersection of Route 724 and Unionville Road, the victim heard a pop and the Focus began speeding up and slowing down again, according to court documents.
It was then that the victim called 911.
Police said the victim then stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 724 and Laurelwood Road in North Coventry Township and Zeh got out of his car and approached the victim. He began yelling at the victim until the light turned green. He then got back in his vehicle and continued to followthe victim, court documents state.
The victim described the driver to police as a white male with black pants, a black coat, a black hat and a large gray beard.
Police eventually located Zeh and the victim on Route 100 and detained Zeh.
Officers observed a black Springfield XDS-40, .40 caliber handgun in plain view within Zeh’s vehicle, police said. Additionally, officers said an information check determined Zeh does not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Zeh has been charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, harassment, disregarding traffic lanes, following too closely, careless driving and reckless driving. Bail was set at $5,000 unsecured.
Zeh is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 3 before District Judge David E. Glass.