Man Charged with Threatening to Shoot Motorist in Road Rage Incident

St. Albans Police

A 42-year-old man is facing charges after threatening to shoot two people following a road rage incident in Vermont on Sunday.

Micah O'Neil of Sheldon, Vermont, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail.

According to St. Albans Police, O'Neil was driving on Route 105 behind another vehicle toward St. Albans on Sunday night. Both vehicles were behind a slow-moving pickup truck. 

At one point, the pickup truck turned into a driveway, and O'Neil went to pass the other vehicle, driven by Matthew Paquette, 24, of St. Albans. As O'Neil attempted to pass, Paquette slammed on his brakes. O'Neil then flicked his cigarette out his window toward Paquette's vehicle as he passed it.

O'Neil continued on to his business in the Dussault Auto Sales complex on North Main Street in St. Albans as Paquette continued to follow him.

Once at Dussault, O'Neil went inside and came back outside brandishing a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun. He allegedly pointed it at Paquette and Megan Underwood, 25, a passenger in the vehicle, and threatened to shoot them.

Paquette and Underwood called police, and O'Neil was taken into custody without incident. The gun was recovered from his vehicle.

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