Minister charged in Fla. road rage incident

PALM CITY, FLA. - A minister in a Corvette was taken into custody after the Florida Highway Patrol said he pointed a gun at people traveling in another car on Florida's Turnpike last week, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

William Rian Adams, 35, who is a minister in Fletcher, N.C., was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, FHP said. He posted $15,000 bail Thursday at the Martin County Jail.

A 24-year-old motorist in a Chevrolet Silverado said he was traveling north at mile marker 125 near Palm City on Wednesday when the Corvette made attempts to brake-check his Silverado, according to the report. When the Silverado driver tried passing the other car, the Corvette driver pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, troopers said. 

Troopers stopped the Corvette at mile marker 138 and took Adams into custody.

The Silverado driver and his 54-year-old passenger were from St. Cloud, FHP said. 

Adams listed his occupation as a priest, and online records show he has been the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, just south of Asheville, N.C., since September, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Calvary officials could not be reached for comment Saturday, and a Twitter handle previously associated with the priest had been deleted, the Citizen-Times reported.  

Follow Lamaur Stancil on Twitter: @TCPalmLStancil

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