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Man accused of pointing gun at driver during I-5 road rage arrested

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Posted at 7:58 PM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 20:18:08-05

VISTA, Calif. (CNS) — A Carlsbad man was jailed Thursday on suspicion of pointing a gun at another driver during a rolling road-rage confrontation on Interstate 5 in Solana Beach.

Joseph Laiosa, 38, allegedly threatened the other motorist with the firearm on the southbound side of the freeway about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, shortly after they got into a dispute over lane positions on a Manchester Avenue on- ramp in Encinitas, according to the California Highway Patrol. That other driver was Tom, a 20-year-old college student who was driving his parents' Tesla. Cameras recorded a man in a truck pointing something through the passenger window. Tom turned over license plate video the CHP.

"Relieved he's off the streets. Anyone that gets that worked up over someone honking a horn should not be in possession of a gun. I was worried it wasn't a one-time thing, and the next time, he decides to shoot the gun," said Tom.

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The suspect remained at large until late Thursday morning, when sheriff's deputies located him and notified CHP personnel, who took him into custody, said Officer Hunter Gerber.

Laiosa was booked into Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of illegally brandishing a weapon and possession of fentanyl. Court records show in 2015, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession of meth charge and was sentenced to 88 days in jail.