Lehigh Valley

Driver allegedly pulls BB gun in road rage incident

Police said they found meth inside the car

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Whitehall Township police allege officers found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in a car involved in a road rage incident Saturday afternoon.

Timothy J. Chuss, no address given, faces assault and drug charges following the incident along southbound MacArthur Road about 3 p.m. Saturday. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 29-year-old late Saturday night, setting bail at $10,000.

Officers were initially dispatched to MacArthur Road in the area of the Wawa. A driver told authorities he was following a blue Honda Accent, which cut him off several times.

The caller said he feared for his life and ducked down in his car after the driver in the Accent pointed a gun, according to court records. He called 911 and continuously updated township police on the whereabouts of the Honda.

An officer passed the Honda on Range Road. When he turned around to pursue, the driver allegedly spun his tires and sped through the intersection at Schadt Avenue and Range Road, according to records.

The driver, later identified as Chuss, pulled into a parking lot, where he was detained. Police allege they found Chuss in possession of two hypodermic needles and meth. He allegedly told police that he had a BB gun stowed under the driver’s seat that he admitted flashing at the other driver to get him to “back away,” according to records.

Police said the BB gun matched a description provided by the other driver. The officer reported finding other drug paraphernalia in the car.

Authorities charged Chuss with reckless endangerment, simple assault, drug possession, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. After failing to post bail, Chuss was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 15.

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