Authorities have identified the man who allegedly waved a rifle at several drivers and damaged property around Lodi on Wednesday morning. Pravindar Singh, 29, of Acampo, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after California Highway Patrol officers and San Joaquin County Sheriff's Deputies found him in a vineyard near Peltier Road and Interstate 5 shortly after 8 a.m.
The .762 caliber rifle he pointed at three separate motorists has yet to be recovered, said Officer Angel Arceo of the CHP.
"We have officers still searching for the rifle. If anyone finds it, they should call the CHP at 943-8666," Arceo said.
Singh's reported actions began when he damaged a stop sign on Acampo Road near Lower Sacramento Road. After crossing into the oncoming lane to destroy the traffic sign, Singh allegedly weaved back across the road and ran over some vineyard crops.
Singh reportedly then stopped his damaged 2002 Honda Accord LX in the intersection of Acampo and Lower Sacramento roads, and pointed a rifle at a passing motorist.
"The driver took off — as, of course, he should've done when someone points a gun at you — and called 9-1-1," Arceo said.
But Singh wasn't done terrifying other drivers, authorities said.
The Acampo resident allegedly drove alongside a vehicle near the intersection of Peltier and Davis roads and aimed the rifle at the driver.
"Again, that driver takes off and calls 9-1-1, like you should do," Arceo said.
Singh was the subject of another emergency call when abandoned his vehicle by the railroad tracks on Peltier Road and took aim at another motorist. Singh's weapon actually came into contact with and cracked the passing vehicle's windshield, Arceo said.
He then took off near the canal and vineyards by the road and dumped the weapon, Arceo said.
No shots were fired throughout the bizarre series of events, Arceo said. Singh was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, three felony counts of brandishing a weapon, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, violation of probation, and hit-and-run for damaging the sign and vineyard.
Arceo stressed that if a citizen comes across the missing firearm, they should not keep it.
"You should never keep a weapon you find because you don't know the history behind it," he said. "If the weapon is used in a robbery or homicide and you are found with it, you will be charged with those crimes."
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