Police: Man pointed gun at motorist he believed cut in line at car wash

DOVER — Believing that another driver cut in line at a car wash Friday afternoon a 68-year-old Harrington man pointed a loaded revolver at him, authorities said.

Joseph Rivard was in line at West Side Car Wash when the alleged incident occurred at approximately 3:19 p.m.
Officers were then called to the scene at 805 Forest Avenue, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Police said a firearm was holstered on Mr. Rivard’s hip. He had a concealed carry permit, authorities said.
Surveillance video showed that a 38-year-old man pulled his vehicle forward and was then confronted by Mr. Rivard.

Joseph Rivard

Mr. Rivard blocked the other man’s exit, police alleged.
The defendant then supposedly took a firearm from his vehicle and pointed it toward the other customer, according to authorities.

The firearm was holstered on Mr. Rivard’s hip when officers arrived, Cpl. Hoffman said.
A DUI of alcohol was also detected, authorities said, and Mr. Rivard was transported to Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover. Police policy allows defendants to sober up before filing criminal charges, Cpl. Hoffman said.

The firearm was impounded as evidence, police said.
Charges included DUI of alcohol, aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm by person prohibited (intoxication), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and disorderly conduct.

Mr. Rivard was released on an own recognizance bond pending a future court hearing.

The firearm was impounded as evidence, police said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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