DeKalb County (Ga.) police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a woman driving a yellow C6 Corvette on Highway 78 in Stone Mountain.
The Corvette driver, Angelina Christiano, 44, suffered a serious gunshot wound in the back and is still hospitalized.
The suspect in the Oct. 12 incident is Jose Dionicio Ovalles, who has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Christiano was driving in the center lane of Highway 78 (Stone Mountain Freeway) in DeKalb County around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 with her 25-year-old son in a yellow C6 coupe when she motioned for a late-model black Ford Mustang that had been following closely to pull around her.
Instead, he pulled beside her and fired five rounds into the car, hitting Christiano in the upper back and causing her to lose control of her Corvette.
“She motioned for that vehicle to go around her because he was following so closely,” said DeKalb County Police Department Major Stephen Fore. “As they approached Mountain Industrial (Road), the Ford Mustang began to exit and the driver fired several rounds at the back of the Corvette.”
DeKalb County investigators credit witnesses with helping identify Ovalles after he was arrested on auto theft charges. Once police identified Ovalles, they discovered he was already in jail on an unrelated charge.
“We’re all much safer now, because he’s in custody,” said Capt. Paul Braun.
Braun believes the incident is just the latest case of road rage and warns motorists not to get involved in confrontations with other drivers.
“Try not use any type of hand gestures, you know, even though you may be waving, someone else may interpret that differently,” he said.
Indeed, you never know who might be behind the wheel. Ovalles, for example, has a criminal history that includes recent charges of trespass and possession of a gun and knife during the commission of a crime. Police say he also has anger issues.
“(Ovalles) has been arrested quite a few times. It’s good for the police department and the citizens that he’s off the streets,” Braun said.
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