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Daniel Schmidt

A road rage incident in Destin that escalated into a driver pointing a gun at another driver led to a Georgia man’s arrest Wednesday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

23-year old Daniel Schmidt is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

The victim says he was driving west on Emerald Coast Parkway when Schmidt cut him off and began brake checking him.

As he sped up to get around Schmidt he says Schmidt pointed a handgun at him and made aggressive movements. The victim went to a safe area and called the OCSO, describing the weapon and providing a license plate number.

A deputy spotted and detained Schmidt near his vehicle in the parking lot of a Destin hotel. The firearm was still on him.

The victim identified Schmidt as the driver and also identified the weapon.

If you encounter an aggressive driver, we recommend you don’t challenge them, avoid eye contact and rude gestures, get a description of their car and license plate number if possible, and contact your nearest local law enforcement agency to report the driver.