Police have arrested the motorist who was caught on video pointing a gun toward a passing vehicle on Interstate 35E in Lancaster last week.
Joseph Sida, 49, of Lancaster, faces a charge of deadly conduct, according to a Lancaster police news release Tuesday. He was arrested about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Sida had met with detectives on Monday and claimed self defense in the incident, which happened Friday afternoon.
Sida told police he “saw an unknown object in the other driver’s hand which he believed to be a weapon,” according to a news release.
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A video and photos of Sida went viral over the weekend after they were posted to Facebook by Victoria Best, who filmed him while driving past him on the highway.
Best’s video had been viewed more than 10 million times by Tuesday afternoon. She told WFAA that Sida had been driving in front of her and braking repeatedly.
“It was like he was trying to cause a rear-end accident,” Best told WFAA. “That was what made me pick up my phone and start recording.”
After the incident was publicized over the weekend, police received a tip about the man’s identity on Monday. He turned himself in at the police department for questioning Monday afternoon and was released, according to the news release.
In an unrelated road rage incident Saturday, Arlington police arrested a man who is suspected of shooting five rounds into the air near a woman who had honked her horn to avoid a collision in the 800 block of Web Street.
Jose Mendoza, 23, faces charges of deadly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Arlington police have been cracking down on road rage since the fatal shooting of Dylan Spaid, 19, on Interstate 20 in June.