In I-93 road rage incident, one driver shows a gun, the other a knife, police say

A 33-year-old Avon man is now facing charges.

An Avon man allegedly pulled out a gun during a road rage incident while traveling on I-93 southbound in Dorchester Wednesday morning, and he’s now facing charges, state police said.

Daniel Bates, 33, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace, according to police.

Around 7:45 a.m., Bates was reportedly driving a Chevrolet pickup truck near Exit 12 in Boston when he and the driver of a Honda CRV became involved in “an altercation,” police said. Bates allegedly pulled out the gun and a 42-year-old Boston man driving the Honda took out a knife as the two vehicles continued to travel southbound.


The Honda driver reportedly called 911 to report what was happening, and gave police updated locations of where he and Bates’ vehicle were.

Braintree police caught up with the drivers on Hancock Street in Braintree. State police said they found Bates had a Sig Sauer P320 9mm handgun on him. Police also took a folding knife the Honda driver, they said. Police said they are considering potential charges against him, too.

According to 7News, court documents indicate Bates is a Suffolk University Police and Security Department dispatcher and has a license to carry. In a statement, the university said he is not authorized by the school to “carry a firearm while on campus or in the performance of his duties.”

“Suffolk University has become aware of an incident this morning that resulted in the arrest of a University employee,” the statement said, without naming Bates. “We will take appropriate steps in terms of reviewing the allegations and determining proper discipline.”

Bates was planned to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Wednesday.