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Road rage incident leads to aggravated battery arrest

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

ALACHUA, Fla. – Aaron Arthur McInerny, 44, was arrested yesterday after allegedly hitting one victim with a car and pointing a gun at a second victim following a road rage incident in Alachua.

The victims reported that they got involved in a road rage incident with McInerny at about 11:15 a.m. on Saturday on U.S. Hwy 441 in Alachua. The victims turned off into a shopping center, and McInerny reportedly followed them, so the male victim stopped and got out of his car to ask McInerny what was going on. The male victim said he stood about 5 feet away from McInerny’s vehicle and that he saw McInerny pointing a gun at him from inside the car.

At that point, the male victim stepped back and told the female victim that McInerny had a gun. The female victim was standing at the rear of McInerny’s car to get a picture of his license plate, and McInerny allegedly put his car into reverse and backed into the female victim, hitting her knee. He then drove away.

The Alachua Police Department officer determined that McInerny had endangered a child who was in his car by engaging in the road rage incident and brandishing the firearm.

McInerny has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, improperly exhibiting a firearm, and child neglect. He has been released from jail.

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  • It’s really incredible the amount of rage that’s going on in our Country.
    I’m not sure if it’s all the National stress on the multitude issues going on now.

  • Maybe they were all headed to the same shopping center on a Saturday morning? Some people are a little quick to assume that other people are “following” them. I don’t think people have the right to arbitrarily stop their vehicle, get out, and try to confront someone they think is “following” them. It’s not really surprising that the driver who was being confronted by a possibly crazy person would perceive that as a threat and ready his weapon, especially since he had a child in the vehicle to protect. He should talk to a good attorney like Robert Rush and see if his civil rights haven’t been violated.

    • I appreciate trying to be fair minded, not having all the information, and your point is generally true. I don’t think it was wise for the one man to get out of his vehicle. But if it was really about child protection, the accused could’ve just driven away from the parking lot instead of pointing a gun at somebody else who didn’t brandish one. I guess it also comes down to whether one believes the allegation that the road rage had already started. This doesn’t seem like they were just leisurely going to the same shopping center. It sounds like there was already road rage, the supposed victims turned off and the accused follow them. People should be reluctant to brandish guns unless there is a true and serious threat, and there is not another option for escape. Perhaps that was the case here, but it’s unclear, and since doubtful to me. hopefully they get to the bottom of it

      • It sounds like he may have been blocked in – if the vehicle stopped in front of him in the shopping center entrance. Maybe he backed up because he was trying to get away. There are a lot of real kooks in the area (some notable ones hail from High Springs/Alachua), and so I would take the accounts of the “victims” with a grain of salt considering their actions didn’t show that they were at all in fear and they may in fact have been the aggressors.

    • You make a valid point. The people should not have come out of their vehicle to confront him…what good would that achieve except place themselves into possible danger which is what it did…was the guy who approached him carrying too with a concealed weapons permit? they should have driven to the police station or something. The stupid girl could have got run-over trying to take a photo of the tag…you don’t take a camera to a gun fight.

  • well obama said he was here to change America. it certainly has been changing since 2008. the slope is steepening rapidly!

    • Exactly! The insanity has increased as the chaos was increased. Families are indeed responding to the stress levels imposed upon the nation. The dishonesty and cons pushed upon the children of the next generation is unfathomable and yet to be fully known the repercussions of his actions. He made his way into the history books, not in a good light and has permanently tarnished his legacy as a crook that almost got away with the personal for-profit shenanigans. Then to invite a riot into the Capitol on video surly proving his ignorance was too, uh…never mind.

      • Gas was $2.10 before Biden was elected and food was still very affordable. Sorry if your brain swelled up too much or you had blood clots in your brain because of Covid.

  • I blame social media for the massive amounts of anger. It has created people that once would have been civil to each other even if they disagreed, and empowered them to say whatever they want whether it is true or not with no repercussions. I remember the days of the National Enquirer being sued for saying something false against a celebrity. Now most of the stuff you see on cable news and on the internet is made up crap twisted to support their personal beliefs based off on some hidden agenda created by people way richer than us. The rich people’s end game is to create havoc in this country and world so they can swoop in and take over.
    Instead of questioning our leaders and holding them accountable, like it says to in the bible, we attack the other political party for no reason just because we have been told to. I am not sure we will ever be civil with each other again.
    How about this, Instead of automatically blaming the other party and being obnoxiously rude, do research from both sides and make an educated decision, not some knee jerk reaction based on what a wackadoodle politician said.
    Before someone starts pointing fingers at me calling me names, I am including all parties and all Americans in this statement.
    But like I said, IMO, it is too late for this country to be civil and respectful

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