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Knife pulled during traffic altercation ends with felony arrest for Franklin man
Update | June 6, 2017: Mr. Hunsinger appeared in court today. The Judge who heard this case retired the charge against Hunsinger for one year. As a condition of the retirement, Mr. Hunsinger must (1) have no new charges; (2) attend anger management; and (3) have no contact with the victim or witness. The case is set for review on June 8, 2018.
A Franklin man is out on bond after a road rage incident with a knife lands him in jail for Aggravated Assault.
At 4:40 pm on 04/13/2017, an officer came upon an in-progress disturbance in front of a church on Oak Meadow Drive. Officers arrested 56-year-old John Hunsinger after determining that he used a knife to assault another driver whose rear windshield sprayer sprayed his vehicle.
The incident began near Centennial High school, where Hunsinger became upset and held up the open blade of a knife, threatening occupants of the other vehicle. Hunsinger followed the other vehicle all the way to Oak Meadow Drive where he blocked in the victim’s car, and approached. That is when the officer pulled up and intervened.
Charged with the felony of Aggravated Assault, Hunsinger is free on a $7,500 bond. He is due in court 04/27/2017 at 1:00 pm.
Irrational drivers who turn their aggression into a violent encounter in Franklin will not be tolerated. If convicted, Hunsinger faces up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you are confronted with violence during a road rage encounter, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to lock your doors and drive away from the danger while calling 911.