West Ashley, South Carolina
On the morning of December 11, 2013, a motorist in a white Honda Accord was making life difficult for other drivers on I-526. But unlike most moving road hazards one comes across in the Charleston area, this car wasn't just parking itself in the left lane at 40 mph. The driver, 55-year-old Johnnie Ross Gardner, was weaving in and out of traffic.
According to his criminal records history (which can be found on the Charleston County Government website) Mr. Gardner has a history of driving like a jackass, including multiple violations for unsafe driving.
At the exit for Sam Rittenburg Boulevard, Gardner lived up to his reputation and cut off a 25-year-old woman who was getting off the interstate. Like many other drivers had done that morning, she honked her horn at him. This was apparently one slight too many for Johnnie, who proceeded to follow and pull up next to her in an adjacent lane.
As the woman looked over, Johnnie held up a revolver and pretended to fire it in her direction. This (understandably) caused the woman to freak out, swerve into the next lane, and hit another car. As the woman and the person whose car she hit pulled over into a nearby parking lot, they both spotted Gardner at a nearby ATM.
This should have been the point when Johnnie let things go; he'd already acted like a complete dick and gotten some cash to carry around with him. Instead, he decided it was time to really drive his point (whatever that was) home.
Gardner slowly drove by his victim. As his car passed by her, he held his gun in the air, nodded his head, and looked her dead in the eyes...while his faithful pet chihuahua also stared out at her from the passenger side window.
Later that day, Johnnie Ross Gardner was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and battery. He is currently being held in the Charleston County Jail on $10,000 bond.
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