A road rage incident between Central Point and White City Monday night resulted in a scuffle, a shot fired and a Central Point man facing criminal charges. 56-year old William Ashby is being charged with menacing,third degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Shortly before 7:45 p.m., Ashby was traveling at about 20-30 miles per hour on Highbanks Road (where the posted speed is 45), when a vehicle occupied by 21-year old Forrest Miller and 22-year Ashley Taylor caught up to Ashby. When he decided the couple was following too closely, Ashby slammed on his brakes, and the couple passed him with words and hand gestures exchanged.
Ashby followed Miller and Taylor to their Truax Road residence and he exited his vehicle with a pistol, demanding that Miller get on the ground. Ashby allegedly approach Miller with the gun,trying to strike him in the face. The gun fired, and the bullet just missed Miller's head. Miller pushed Ashby, and he retrieved a rifle from his car. The two argued and pushed each other until deputies arrived.
Miller suffered a minor injury to his face. Ashby received scrapes on his face, arm and leg. He is lodged in Jackson County Jail on 32-thousand dollars bail. The case is being reviewed by the Jackson County District Attorney's office.