A raging Bend driver challenged other motorists to fight him Thursday, even pointing a handgun at one, before police officers brought him to a stop on U.S. Highway 20.
At about 4:30 p.m., a number of drivers reported that a man in a white Chevrolet Suburban was pointing a gun at other drivers on Highway 20. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Bend resident Hawkens Mclean Hazelton challenged other drivers to fight him while driving recklessly along Highway 20. At one point, he allegedly pointed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol out of his window at another driver. No shots were fired.
Police officers halted Hazelton’s Suburban using a “high risk traffic stop” as it approached Bend near the Old Bend-Redmond Highway, according to the sheriff’s office. The press release did not explain what made the traffic stop risky, but noted that Highway 20 was closed briefly to protect motorists and officers.
Hazelton was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person, reckless endangering and reckless driving. He was taken to the Deschutes County jail.