North Carolina Episcopal priest charged in Florida road rage
STUART, Fla. — The rector of an Episcopal church in North Carolina is facing criminal charges in Florida because police said he pointed a gun at another vehicle in an apparent road rage incident.
Media reports say 35-year-old Rev. William Rian Adams is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Martin County, Fla., records show he was released from jail on $15,000 bail.
State troopers say a pickup truck driver was closely following a Corvette on Florida’s Turnpike and tried to pass the car when its driver pointed a Glock-22 handgun at him. Troopers then stopped Adams in the Corvette.
Records show Adams is rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, N.C. Church officials didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment and no attorney was listed for Adams.
Adams told investigators that the truck pulled alongside his car, someone in the truck rolled down a window, started screaming and threw a drink at his car. Adams told officials he had a gun, but said it wasn’t loaded and was kept under his passenger seat, according to the highway patrol.