RI State Police arrest Florida man after displaying handgun during alleged “road rage” incident

Florida Resident Arrested In Rhode Island

EAST GREENWICH, RI (WLNE) – State Police say they arrested a Florida man in East Greenwich Sunday night during an alleged “road rage” incident where he displayed a handgun and a baton to the other driver.

State Police say they received a call around 10:10 p.m. to respond to the area of Route 4 northbound in the area of Division Road for a “road rage” incident.

When arriving at the scene troopers found Joseph Francis, 34, of Pompano Beach, Florida to be in the possession of a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson revolver.

Police also found additional ammunition, cocaine, and marijuana in Francis’ car.

Francis was also alleged to be driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, according to State Police.

State Police later arrested Francis and charged with the following:

 1.) Felony Assault With a Deadly Weapon (2 Counts)

2.) Using a Firearm when Committing a Crime of Violence (2 Counts)

3.) License or Permit Required for carrying a Pistol

4.) Carrying of Weapon while Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs

5.) Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I-V (Cocaine)

6.) Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs – 1st Offense – B.A.C. Unknown

7.) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test

8.) , Weapons other than Firearms Prohibited

9) Disorderly Conduct

10.) Possession of Marijuana.

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