- Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
A Leander man is accused of pointing a handgun at a motorcyclist who cut him off in traffic on the 183-A tollway.
Craig Winters, 47, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A motorcyclist told police he was riding on the 183-A tollway Sunday when he accidentally cut off the driver of a Chevrolet pickup, the affidavit said.
The pickup began following the motorcyclist for several miles while tailgating and driving erratically, the affidavit said. The motorcyclist said he pulled over at a gas station in the 1200 block of E. New Hope Drive and the pickup driver, later identified as Winters, followed him into the parking lot, said the document.
It said Winters pulled up by the motorcyclist and they argued over the motorcyclist cutting him off in traffic. The motorcyclist said he tried to leave but then Winters pulled out a handgun and pointed it at him, the affidavit said. It said the motorcyclist left immediately because he thought he was going to get shot.
A short time later, police found Winters and asked him if he had any firearms in his pickup, the affidavit said. Winters said he had an assault rifle in the backseat and a handgun, according to the affidavit.
It said police found a .45 caliber handgun in the center console of Winters’ truck. Winters said he had been following the motorcyclist because he was upset about being cut off in traffic, the affidavit said. It said Winters told police he approached the motorcyclist and they had an argument but Winters said he had only used his hand and fingers to make a gun shape.
Winters was released from the Williamson County Jail on Monday after posting bail set at $25,000.