This story belongs to a client of my wife. I've copied this from his facebook page! I tried to convice him to pull it off... but he's dumber than I originally though. I never liked this guy... here's a great reason why: TO BE CLEAR: THIS IS NOT ME!!!!!! Copied from Facebook On Feb 8, 2010, I was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. On Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, at 5:30pm, I did a legal U-Turn as I headed to Starbucks before moving on to the Fresh Market to pick up some organic produce. A car came up behind me, nearly hitting my car, blasting it's horn. I was startled, of course, but continued into the entrance of the Mall where Starbucks is located. The car followed me in. I was now on alert that whoever these people were, they weren't going to let go of whatever traffic infraction they found me guilty of. I stopped. Looking in my rearview mirror, I saw the driver getting out of the car. That was all I needed to know this person was hell bent on coming after me. I have a conceal and carry permit. I reached into my camera bag and pulled out my gun. Still in the holster, I held it up with 2 hands, 1/2 in the car, 1/2 outside. I then turned and said to the approaching person, "How far do you want to go?" It was then I noticed it was a woman. I also saw at least 2 other people in the car. My intent was to scare this person and it worked. I believe they said, "Whatever," and got back into the car. Relieved, I felt I had done my duty and continued on to Starbucks. After I left Starbucks, about a mile or so down Hiway 19 on a service road, the police converged. They got out of their cars, and pointing their guns at me in the standard squat position, one of them said, "We will shoot you." I had no doubt they would. I was cooperative through the entire arrest process. 6 hours later I was released from jail on my own recognizance. I have since hired (deleted for privacy), a criminal defense attorney, and (deleted for privacy), a private detective. The cost is prohibitive, but necessary. Everyone I've spoken too has given me their sympathies, and I couldn't be more greatful for the support I've received. The greatest fear, and the reason for hiring an attorney, is that I face a mandatory 3-year prison term. Anyone suspicious, and I can't say I would blame them, would wonder what details I left out of the above story. I left out nothing. It was so ridiculously simple of a tale to tell, I'm embarrassed to have to recite it. Ironically, just yesterday, a message from the Universe was sent to me. I did a U-Turn, again, legally, just as another vehicle was coming out of a parking lot. We nearly collided as we vied for the same lane. Both of us started laughing. It was a contest to see who could let the other go first. We waved at each other as if we were friends as we merrily went on our way. This is exactly how the arrest incident should've taken place. Honk your horn, flip the finger, and go on your way, if that's what you feel you need to do. Clearly I was pursued. At first the victim, I am now the prepetrator. It was an act of self-defense and I felt I handled the situation with great control and restraint. What makes me feel even better is knowing that if someone else was in my car with me, I would've acted similarly, defending not only myself but a loved one or friend. It's fair to ask me why I have a conceal and carry permit. I went through the necessary training, albeit scant as it was, and was given the license by the State of Florida. It took nearly a year for the application to be approved. I've never owned a gun, at least, not since my childhood. My father took me on a handful of hunting trips, and I thank the Universe to this day I never shot an animal. I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. I got the permit for 2 reasons, one is obvious: The world we live in. The 2nd reason was far more personal. In 1991, I was brutally attacked by what seemed to be 3 members of a gang, or, it simply could've been 3 guys out for a night of raucus fun. I had missed the bus as my car was in the repair shop. When I turned around to see if a bus was coming, when I turned back, I was hit in the face. The proceeded to knock out 7 teeth, broke my nose in 2 places, and cracked a series of ribs. I was covered in blood. For over a year I went back to the scene of the crime, hoping for some kind of revenge. I had no idea what that revenge would entail. Perhaps fortunately for me, I never got to find out how far I would've gone. I was paid a certain sum by the Minnesota Crimes Reparations Board and they also picked up the tab for my new bridgework. I'm a musician, songwriter and writer. I take yoga classes nearly every day and have done so for over 3 years. I'm into holistic health and recently started studying nutrition from the molecular level. I've taken self-defense courses in the past and have a heavy bag in my mini-gym. I've been in a few altercations but nothing of significance, certainly not rivaling the beating or this recent incident. This arrest delimma is obviously because a gun was involved. I have no idea how the situation would've been labeled had it been a fight without a weapon involved. And the fact it was a woman that got out of the driver seat still has me realing. End copied from Facebook I can't believe this guy thinks he's a victim. He clearly has no business having a CCW or a weapon. I feel for the guy, I really do... But I think he committed a serious crime and will have to take whatever is handed to him by the judge.