Road Rage Incident Gets Out of Hand
On Monday, August 25, 2014 around 7:45 p.m. deputies responded to the 6,000 block of Truax Road, in Central Point, after multiple 911 calls came in for a shot being fired and people yelling. Upon arrival, William Ashby, 56, of Central Point, was taken into custody and a Glock pistol was seized from his person. After speaking to all of the involved parties and witnesses, deputies learned this stemmed from a road rage incident.
Forrest Miller, 21, of Central Point and his girlfriend Ashley Taylor, 22, of Central Point, were travelling on High Banks Road when they caught up to Ashby who was travelling around 20 -30 MPH. Ashby slammed on his breaks after he felt they were following too closely. The other vehicle went around Ashby, words and hand gestures were exchanged. Ashby then followed the vehicle to their residence on Truax Road where he exited the vehicle with a handgun and pointed it at the two while yelling at Miller to get on the ground.
Ashby then advanced toward Miller and tried to strike him in the face with gun in hand, which fired. However, the bullet missed Miller’s head. Miller pushed Ashby away and retrieved a rifle from his car. The two of them continued to argue and push each other until law enforcement arrived on scene.
Miller received minor injury to the left side of his face, and Ashby received scrapes on his face, arm, and leg. Ashby was lodged at the Jackson County Jail and charged with Menacing, Assault 3, and Disorderly Conduct 2. Bail is set at $32,000. Both guns were seized for evidence.
The case has been sent to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review.