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Man arrested after pointing a loaded gun at driver in Lexington

State Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun following Monday's road rage incident in Lexington.
State Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun following Monday's road rage incident in Lexington.MSP News

A Lowell man was arrested Monday after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at another driver in a road rage incident in Lexington, State Police said.

Javier Lopez, 22, was arrested on numerous charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle among other charges, State Police said in a statement.

Officers received a call around 3:00 p.m. from a witness who said the driver of a red Ford Focus allegedly pointed a gun outside their car while driving on I-95 north in Lexington, State Police said.

Troopers responded to the scene and located the driver on Route 3 north in Billerica, allowing police to stop the vehicle, officials said. Lopez was removed from his car and the vehicle was searched, turning up a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun under the driver’s seat, State Police said.

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Lopez did not have a driver’s license on his person , nor did he have a license to possess a firearm, according to State Police.

Lopez was arrested and taken to the State Police barracks in Concord for booking. He was arraigned Tuesday in Lowell District Court and was ordered held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing, said Marcela Dwork, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.


Katie Redefer can be reached at katie.redefer@globe.com.