A driver passed a truck on Harmony Church Road July 11 and then heard two shots, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy testimony Monday morning.
Albert Augustine Renaud, 18, of Gainesville, was charged with aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm on a roadway, aggressive driving and reckless conduct in an alleged “road rage incident,” according to Deputy Robert Waters.
Waters testified Monday morning in Magistrate Court that Renaud in a Ford Ranger pulled out in front of a Dodge Ram 1500 truck onto Harmony Church Road when exiting the subdivision
“(The victim) actually had to go to the opposite side and pass to keep from causing an accident,” Waters said, adding that the driver honked the horn. “He said he saw the driver reach down. Upon passing, heard two shots.”
The shots did not hit the victim’s car, Waters said.
Waters waited for the vehicles to pass before attempting to make a stop on Athens Highway.
Upon searching the vehicle, Waters said a Sig Sauer P250 handgun was found on the passenger’s side between the seat and the door.
The passenger in Renaud’s truck told deputies that they were going to buy a cake for her father, Waters said. Renaud’s passenger also told authorities that she heard two shots but did not see them.
“On the Ford Ranger, the driver’s side mirror on the outside had been shot out,” Waters said.
The firearm had no round in the chamber and 13 rounds in the magazine, with a capacity believed to be either 15 or 17, Waters said.
No shell casings were found at the scene or in the vehicle.
Renaud’s public defender Larry Duttweiler asked Waters if there were any words or looks exchanged as the driver passed, which Waters said he was not sure.
In regard to the aggressive driving charge, Duttweiler argued that the alleged victim’s crossing of a double-yellow line to pass and honking was more of a case of aggressive driving than Renaud’s.
The case was sent on to Superior Court as charged.