By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
Road rage boiled over the top last week when a Bellevue man allegedly wielded
a handgun at people in an automobile attempting to pass him on state Highway 75
south of Ketchum.
Stephen M. Bowcut, 44, was arrested on aggravated assault charges following
the reported incident, which occurred on Thursday, Oct. 9, a little after 5
p.m., said Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling.
While traveling south through the Elkhorn traffic light, Hailey residents
Jaime R. Lerma, 24, and Cristian A. Perez, 17, attempted to pass a string of
cars, but Bowcut pulled into the right, passing lane to block the move, Femling
Femling said the commuters shared a few hostile gestures before Bowcut pulled
a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun, displayed it and pointed it through the
rear window of his vehicle at the two Hailey residents.
He did not fire the weapon, Femling said.
Using a cellular telephone, Lerma called 911, and sheriffís deputies stopped
Bowcut on Buttercup Road, north of Hailey.
The weapon was confiscated, and Bowcut was taken to the Blaine County Jail.
"Itís ridiculous. Itís absolutely ridiculous that everybody doesnít use the
right lane (on Highway 75)," Femling said. "I just donít get it."