A Madras man was found guilty Friday by a federal jury of firing a handgun at another vehicle in a 2017 road rage incident on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
On Sept. 14, 2017, Dat Quoc Do, 28, was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Thao Bich Tran, traveling east on U.S. Highway 26, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office,. They began tailgating another eastbound car on the highway being driven by an adult, along with the driver’s adult daughter and 12-year-old niece, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The other car motioned Tran to pass, but the adult daughter in that car threw a water bottle at Tran’s car, missing the vehicle. Do fired several shots at the other vehicle from the passenger window with a .45-caliber handgun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. When she had a clear lane to pass, Tran passed the other vehicle, but as her car drove by, Do fired more rounds at the other car, according to the news release.
The other driver called the Warm Springs Tribal Police, and a patrol officer stopped Do and Tran and took them into custody that evening, according to the release. Officers found a handgun and a magazine partially loaded with five rounds in the vehicle’s center console.
The jury found Do guilty of two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Do faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and his sentencing is scheduled for June 10 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon.