Here’s a sight you don’t see every day – a priest driving a red C7 Corvette.
Here’s another sight that’s even more rare: that priest and his passenger standing behind the C7 with their hands in the air after being stopped on the Florida Turnpike last week by Highway Patrol officers in Palm City, Florida.
“Open the door and step out of the vehicle – keep your hands outside the vehicle,” an unknown officer can be heard telling the Corvette driver in a video just made available of an incident that’s turned into national news.
The driver and his passenger are then shown holding their hands up in the air behind the Corvette.
It all started after an apparent road rage incident involving Episcopal Rector William Rian Adams, 35, of Calvary Episcopal Church in North Carolina and another driver.
The second driver, a woman, called 911 and told them that a Corvette driver had pulled in front of her, slammed on his brakes, and when she pulled up beside his Stingray, she says he pointed a gun at her.
Adams denied those allegations immediately, saying “That is not true.”
Indeed, upon further questioning by the dispatcher, the caller changes her story and says Adams waved the gun at her rather than pointed it.
“I just asked him ‘why did you slam on the brakes? and he cursed me and everything and then just pulled his gun on me,” the woman said.
Adams maintains that he and his female passenger, a theology professor, were just trying to enjoy their vacation when a woman in a Chevy Silverado or her son began throwing objects at his C7, including a Coke can.
Adams admits to having a Glock handgun under the passenger seat but claims it was unloaded and he had a concealed carry permit but never touched it during the incident.
The video goes on to show a non-combative Adams and his passenger being questioned by troopers behind the Corvette. Adams was eventually handcuffed and taken to Martin County Jail, where he was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He bonded out two hours later on $15,000 bail.
Bishop Jose Antonio McLoughlin released the following statement on behalf of Adams to News 13, WLOS-TV in Asheville, North Carolina:
“As bishop of Western North Carolina, I want to note that consultation and conversation are underway. Pastoral care is being provided to Father Adams, his family and his congregation. It is best to remember that, as in all situations, there are many facets to consider. We believe in, and will follow, all formal processes. I ask that you continue to keep everyone in your prayers.”
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