A Turlock man is facing criminal charges for what authorities are describing as an incident of road rage in the foothills.
Tony Alahverdi, 36, of Turlock was arrested by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of making criminal threats for the alleged road rage encounter.
The incident began around 5 p.m. Sunday when the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a man who had pointed a handgun at a motorist while trying to pass on Dodge Ridge Road.
According to the sheriff’s department, the road leading up to the Dodge Ridge ski area was backed up with traffic and several vehicles were passing traffic illegally by driving along the side of the road. Alahverdi was one such driver, but was unable to get by the caller’s vehicle. The caller told the sheriff’s department that the driver, later identified as Alahverdi, threatened to kill him and pointed a gun at him.
Alahverdi had left the area prior to the incident being reported, but the victim found the 2016 gray Toyota Tundra pickup involved in the incident near the Dodge Ridge Lodge. The victim reported the incident and the description of the truck and driver to the sheriff’s department. The victim also gave the license plate number to the sheriff’s department.
Alahverdi had left the lodge prior to the arrival of the deputies, but he was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer who had learned of the incident.
Deputies arrived to assist the CHP officer and they conducted a search of Alahverdi’s truck, which turned up a handgun and ammunition.
Alahverdi was taken into custody and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail.