DERBY — A Derby man was taken into custody this week and is facing charges after having a run-in with a local game warden.
John Paul Lemay, 68, is facing charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and impeding a public officer.
The charges are the result of an investigation stemming from multiple incidents that occurred at the end of 2015 in Derby and Coventry, one of which police say was a road rage incident in which Lemay displayed an AR-15 assault rifle at another motorist.
The motorist happened to be Vermont State Game Warden Jason Dukette, 42, of Derby, who was off-duty at the time.
Police say Dukette noted the make and model of the vehicle, and a few days later while on-duty, spotted Lemay at a gas station in Derby. Police say Dukette also saw the firearm inside the vehicle at the time, and opened an investigation to see if the weapon was loaded.
Police say that Lemay impeded the investigation, but that the firearm in question was determined to be a pistol due to the short stock. As a result, Vermont law regarding loaded rifles did not apply.
Lemay was taken into custody without incident after being picked up on Monday for an outstanding warrant related to both incidents.
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