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Road rage victim recounts encounter with Bengals player

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - It was Monday evening and James Davis was headed home, only this trip on Interstate 75 was about to turn into a wild tale.

"I was driving along in the slow lane, and he came up behind me and followed me for maybe a minute, right on my bumper," recalled Davis, "Then he swerved over on the side of me (on the shoulder), he nearly hit me."

Annoyed by the other driver Davis did what many others may have done, "I flipped him off."

The driver then cut him off, and Davis saw something worrisome.

"He was reaching in his glove box. I figured it was a gun," and of all the times to be right, this was it.

"When I'm looking down the barrel of a gun, all I could think of was he was going to get me four or five times, I guarantee it, before I could even get out (of the way)."

Davis says this happened two more times, including one instance when the driver stopped in the middle of the interstate to wait for him to catch up.

"then (he) pulled the gun, and I thought 'really?'"

Davis was able to call 911 and police caught up to the car around Berea. There police learned the driver that allegedly pointed the gun three times at Davis was Orson Charles, a third year fullback for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I was like 'Really?' For someone to make all this money, have all of this talent and skill, to just throw it away; it's stupidity," he said.

It wasn't until much later when Davis learned that Charles plays for the Bengals. Now knowing this was a professional athlete, he said it's even more important that he be held accountable for his actions and not let off the hook.

"I know I'm nobody, but he did this and he needs to be held accountable."

While Davis said he's not much of a sports fan, "I'm not a fanatic or anything." He said this ensures that he won't be cheering for the Bengals.

Police say they found the gun hidden in Charles' girlfriend's purse. Charles is charged with wanton endangerment and was released from jail on bond. His trial is set for April 11th.


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