A Portage, Indiana man was driving east on I-80 when a pick-up truck in the lane next to him tried to change lanes. The driver honked his horn, to warn the truck he was about to hit his car. The victim told police he wasn't able to change lanes because of heavy traffic. He said the pick-up caught up with him again and while they were driving side by side the man in the truck extended his middle finger. The victim returned the gesture and sped away.
He then saw the pick-up "zipping in and out of traffic" in order to catch up with him. When the truck pulled back along side him, the victim said he saw the man in the truck moving his lips and making angry faces while pointing a gun directly at him. The truck pulled away and the victim called the police and was ale to give a description of the truck to police.
Police located the car and asked the driver, 50-year-old John Hochstedler of Niles, Michigan, if he had a gun in the car. He said he did and directed police to a semi-automatic handgun in the center rear passenger compartment of the truck. According to police the gun was loaded, but there was no round in the chamber.
Hochstedler was arrested and charged with Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, a Class C Felony. Hochstedler denied pointing the gun at the other driver.