Illinois man arrested for pointing AR-15 rifle at trucker on NYS Thruway

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New York State Police say they arrested an Illinois man Monday, Nov. 29, who is accused of pointing an assault rifle at a truck driver on the New York State Thruway near Dunkirk in western New York.

The troopers said Tyler S. Ringwood, 23 of Charleston, Illinois was charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (loaded firearm); a Class C Felony,
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (large capacity ammunition feeding device)
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (Assault Rifle); both Class D Felonies,
  • Menacing (with a weapon) in the 2nd degree; a Class A Misdemeanor

State police said a truck driver reported a passenger of a pickup truck pointed what appeared to be an assault rifle at him, out the window of the truck, while traveling on the NYS Thruway in the area of Dunkirk, which is about 50 miles northeast of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Troopers located and stopped the pickup truck. Police said they observed a Stag Arms AR-15 loaded with a 30-round magazine in the vehicle as well as a bag with an additional 125 live rounds.

Ringwood was arraigned in Town of Brant Court and was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $500 cash bail or bond. The driver of the pickup was not charged, according to troopers.

Two tractor-trailers crash in Indiana; one trucker dies

A truck driver died when two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 65 in Indiana Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Indiana State Police said the crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. near the 179 mile-marker.

Helicopter over the scene of the fatal accident on I-65Helicopter over the scene of the fatal accident on I-65ISPIn a statement, police said a 2013 Kenworth driven by Walter Sutton, 50, Lonedell, Missouri, was traveling southbound on I-65 when, for an unknown reason, Lee ran off the road, into the median, through concrete barriers, and into northbound traffic. At that time, a 2017 Freightliner was traveling northbound and was hit, head-on by the Kenworth.

ISP's statement said the driver of the Freightliner was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. Their name is being withheld pending identification and notification to the family.

Sutton was uninjured in the crash.