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Clarksville driver accused of pointing gun during road rage

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A Clarksville man was arrested Thursday after police said he pulled a weapon on a couple during a road rage incident.

The couple called police at about 3:19 p.m. and said that a driver, later identified as William Nix, 33, of Clarksville, pulled a gun on them while they were driving on Ashland City Road.

Police said they believe the incident occurred because one of the drivers would not let the other merge.

Deana and Barry Hodges are former Clarksville cab drivers and said they weren't about to stand down when the confrontation Thursday got ugly.

"I seen him in the rearview mirror, (and thought) 'come on man, do you have to?' So I give him the friendly gesture back," Barry Hodges said.

Hodges said he motioned Nix to pull over, then Nix pointed a gun at the couple.

"I jumped in the car and chased him up and down the bypass three times," Hodges said.

Deana Hodges said she wasn't afraid of getting shot.

"After multiple people pulling guns on me in this town, over their crazy driving, and stuff like that, I'm of the mindset, 'if you're going to pull a gun, shoot me,'" she said.

Clarksville Police spokesman Ofc. Jim Knoll said he wouldn't recommend confronting an aggressive driver and said many road rage incidents don't end well. In fact, last year someone ended up shot.

"Cooler heads need to prevail. Somebody just needs to be the bigger person and walk away from it all. Unfortunately, in road rage situations, it becomes dual anger," Knoll said.

Hodges realizes, in hindsight, his situation could have backfired.

"I spoke to my therapist about it. She didn't think it was too healthy of an idea," he said.

Investigators later found Nix driving on Edmondson Ferry Pike. Police found a .22 caliber handgun and seven rounds in his possession.

Anyone who thinks they are a victim of road rage can make a report on their phone by dialing *THP.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol recommends anyone who thinks they are a victim of road rage should slow down, let the other driver pass and make a report on their phone by dialing *THP.

Give the operator your location, a description of the other vehicle and any details about the aggressive driving.

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