Po­lice charge man in road rage in­ci­dent.

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twitter

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.

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