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Menacing incident leads to felony gun charges in Ripley

RIPLEY — A Tennessee man was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly pointing a handgun at a truck driver on Interstate 90.

Troopers had received a menacing complaint around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday on the interstate in the town of Ripley.

“A truck driver reported that a male driver of a Ford Fusion pointed a handgun at him while traveling eastbound, pulled in front of the truck and slammed on his brakes before changing lanes and speeding away,” the New York State Police said Thursday in a news release.

The Ford Fusion was stopped and the driver was later identified as 41-year-old Daniel P. Yount II, 41, of Charlotte, Tenn. A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up a Taurus model G3C 9mm semi-automatic handgun in “the driver’s grabbable area,” the State Police said.

“The Taurus contained a 12-round capacity magazine which was loaded with 10 live rounds. Two additional 12-round magazines loaded with 11 rounds each, were also discovered in the vehicle.”

Yount was processed at police barracks in Dunkirk on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the loaded firearm; three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the large capacity ammunition feeding device; and second-degree menacing. He was being held in jail awaiting arraignment.

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