Mount Pleasant police say a 21-year-old man is facing charges after he pulled a gun on another motorist in a road rage incident.
Johnny Harsh, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines
According to the criminal complaint, a man was turning from Northwestern Avenue onto North Green Bay Road when another driver – later identified as Harsh – tried to change lanes and nearly hit the man’s car. The man honked his horn to alert Harsh of the near accident and said Harsh pulled behind the man and almost hit him again.
Police say Harsh was seen rummaging around in his car, and the man got out of his car to get Harsh’s license plate and call police. Harsh pulled a gun from the glove compartment and placed it on the car door with it pointed at the man. When the man asked if Harsh was going to shoot him, Harsh said he would if the man got any closer.
The man drove to Hardees and phoned police to give them the license plate number of Harsh’s vehicle, the complaint reads. After officers had the registered owner’s information, they went to that location to question Harsh about the incident.
During questioning, police say Harsh admitted to being at the scene of the incident and having a gun but said he only displayed it because the other driver threatened him. Harsh said the firearm was actually a pellet gun and he’d taken to a relative’s house. Officers retrieved the pellet gun and took Harsh into custody.
Online court records only indicate that the complaint against Harsh was filed, and jail records do not currently list him in custody.