Georgia man arrested after pointing gun at truck driver following I-75 argument

Staff report

ALACHUA, Fla. – Thomas Anthony Walden, 49, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, was arrested yesterday after allegedly getting out of his truck and pointing a gun at another truck driver at an Alachua intersection.

At about 10:55 a.m. yesterday, an Alachua Police Department officer responded to a call about an armed disturbance at the traffic light at the southbound exit of I-75 at Exit 399. The victim reportedly said he and Walden had been arguing over the CB radio as they drove southbound on I-75 in separate vehicles and that Walden had followed him off the interstate at the Alachua exit. The victim said that when he stopped at the traffic light, Walden got out of his vehicle and knocked on the door of the victim’s vehicle while waving a pistol. The victim said that Walden then walked back to his own vehicle. The officer reported that the firearm was a .45 Springfield.

Post Miranda, Walden reportedly said that if he had to go to jail, then he did not mind.

Walden has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has no criminal history except an unspecified Georgia conviction in 2013. Judge Meshon Rawls set bail at $10,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • That’s all we need, an angry road rage driver transporting an untold carriage weight/load in a semi down our highways AND brandishing a firearm. From Alachua I guess he’s “Eastbound and down…in the backseat of a cruiser.”

    Glad the officer was able to oblige this idiot.

  • “Walden reportedly said that if he had to go to jail, then he did not mind.”
    A fool and his freedom are soon parted.

    • Jail ain’t that bad. Neither is prison. It’s all in how you carry yourself to survive in prison.

      • Or how much you’re willing to take…
        He’s not the prettiest but everyone looks good st closing time.

  • Maybe our ever-coddling jail could give him free access to a CB radio?

  • Hazelhurst? Honey Boo Boo, is that you, post-gender reassignment surgery? ha

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