Lake Co. jail employee accused of pulling out gun in road rage incident

A Lake County jail employee found himself on the other side of the law when Mount Dora Police officers say he pulled out a gun during a road rage incident.

Thomas Thompson was arrested after officers say he chased a man driving south along S.R. 441.
"He felt like the guy cut him off, potentially tried to run him over, and he just felt angered at that moment," said Kelda Senior, of Mount Dora Police.

The victim, Charles Newcomb, told police Thompson's car had lights and sirens on it.

"The suspect alleges that the victim ran a stop sign and nearly hit him," Senior said. "Subsequently, the suspect began to follow the victim, pulled him over and drew a gun. But, before doing so, [he] turned on sirens that the victim describes as sounding ‘toy-like.'"

Officers say Newcomb didn't stop because he didn't believe the sirens were official. According to Thompson's arrest affidavit, he followed Newcomb for several miles, weaving in and out of traffic.

After both cars came to a stop, police say the victim threw a burrito at Thompson and called police.

Thompson was booked into the Lake County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improperly showing a gun.

He posted bond Monday night.
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