Judge says driver was 'rude' but not guilty
A Hagerstown men who was charged with three traffic offenses in an incident on Interstate 70 was found not guilty Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Contacted after court recessed, Judge Noel Spence said he described Gary Christopher Yates as a rude and impolite driver at the hearing. But that didn't make him guilty of negligent driving, reckless driving and following too closely, the judge found.
Police said a motorist called the Frederick barracks on his cellular phone at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 to report that someone in a black BMW had run him off the road and had thrown something at his vehicle, court records said.
The motorist, who was traveling with two children, said he thought the vehicle's occupants had shot at him and he feared for his life.