Road rage incidents ‘three or four times’ a week in Wichita involving a gun


While police have made two arrests in the latest case of road rage, they remind the public to call 911 immediately if there is any question about rage.

“We have seen some on average two to three road rage incidents involving a firearm a week,” says Wichita Police spokesperson, Charley Davidson. “If you are involved in a situation like that some things to do is to call 911.”

Police are not alone in responding to road rage. Sheriff’s deputies get calls in the county as well.

“It’s a case-by-case basis because it depends upon how far the road rage has escalated,” says Tim Myers, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s department spokesman. “But, as we’ve seen around the country in this day and age, sometimes it can escalate even further where somebody has lost their lives.”

Myers says he also is not assigning any blame to the victims in the latest road rage incident, he says if you are confronted and feel uneasy, call police right away if you can.

“If you believe you are being a victim of road rage, call the authorities, let us come take care of it,” says Myers.

Wichita police say the District Attorney’s office in Wichita will look into what the charges will be as soon as Thursday or Friday in the latest road rage incident involving a gun. They also remind you to call in road rage if you see it as soon as you can.

“And what we want to encourage everybody is if you are involved in a road rage incident and somebody does display a firearm or a firearm is involved, again, call 911. Have officers respond immediately.”

Davidson says if you can’t call 911, you could also try to drive to a police substation or a very public place to try and de-escalate a situation.

He also says to get as many details as you can to tell police.

“Get a description of the car. Any identifying marks on a car, and get a tag number,” says Davidson. “And talk to police as soon as you can.”

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