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Wellesley man accused of brandishing gun in Newton road rage incident

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 21, 2013 05:01 PM

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A Wellesley man was arrested after allegedly brandishing a handgun during a fit of road rage Wednesday in Newton, the second such incident reported in the city in less than a week, according to police.

Both drivers were headed westbound on Route 9, near Elliott Street, when the incident occurred, police said.

Joseph Foppiano, 46, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday, said MaryBeth Long, spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

He was released on personal recognizance with the conditions that he not contact the complaining witness, whose name is not being released, and that he not possess any dangerous weapons including firearms, Long said.

Foppiano is scheduled back in Newton District Court on March 12 for a pretrial hearing.

This was the second such incident in Newton less than a week. On Feb. 14, according to police, a 21-year-old Newton man pulled a sawed-off handgun on another driver during a road rage incident in the city's Oak Hill neighborhood.

The other driver, whom police did not identify, wrestled the gun away after employing some calm talk and martial arts skills, police said.

Byung Jin Kang pleaded not guilty in Newton District Court to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and illegal gun possession.

Lisa Kocian can be reached at lkocian@globe.com.

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