El Jebel man arrested for allegedly pointing gun at car
ASPEN – An El Jebel man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun in the direction of another vehicle on Highway 82.
Remington Dustin Way, 27, was advised by Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols in her Aspen chambers Tuesday afternoon that he faces potential charges of felony menacing and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He was released from the custody of Pitkin County Jail on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.
Pitkin County deputies arrested Way after they received a call that a man driving a red Nissan pickup truck had pointed a handgun at another car near the intersection of Highway 82 and Basalt Avenue, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Deputies located Way’s home after they ran a check on his license-plate number, which was provided to authorities by the reporting party. When deputies arrived two blocks from the home, they saw Way drive the Nissan onto El Jebel Road, and pulled him over on Highway 82 just east of the intersection at Lower Willits Road.
Way told Deputy Brad Gibson that he was en route to a meeting at AVH, where he is an X-ray technician, and was following another vehicle when it slammed on its brakes, the affidavit says.
Way told authorities he had to swerve to avoid an accident, and he later pulled up next to the vehicle and displayed his middle finger to the driver. Frustrated, he turned around and went home “because he was disgusted with the other drivers on the highway at that time of day,” the affidavit says.
Way also denied pointing a handgun at the car, but admitted to owning several weapons, including a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun. Deputies searched his truck and did not find any firearms.
Later, deputies searched Way’s home, with his permission. They discovered a semi-automatic handgun loaded with one round and a full magazine, the affidavit says.
Deputies also questioned Way’s girlfriend, who told them that he always carries a handgun in his truck for his personal protection.
Way’s denial that he drew a weapon also ran counter to what the reporting parties told Deputy Alex Burchetta.
The parties said that both vehicles were going between 75 and 80 mph when the passenger in the alleged victim’s car saw Way’s driver’s side window down 6 inches. At that time he was steering the truck with his left hand and using his right hand to point the handgun at the driver and passenger in the other car, the parties said.
“The passenger was sure he saw a black semi-automatic appearing handgun being pointed at him,” the affidavit says.
Way appeared before Judge Nichols without an attorney. She advised him that he’s not permitted to have firearms as part of his bond condition, and is forbidden from having contact with the driver or passenger who reported him.
“If you happen to recognize those people, just avoid them,” Nichols told Way.
Way is due back in Pitkin County District Court on March 7. Other than a few traffic citations, Way does not have a significant criminal background, noted Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin.
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