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Warren man free on bail after police said he drew gun in road rage

By Stephen Betts | Apr 26, 2021
Courtesy of: Thomaston Police Department Michael L. Bates

Thomaston — A Warren man is free on bail after police said he pulled a gun during an apparent road range incident.

Michael L. Bates, 36, was arrested April 21 and charged with aggravated reckless conduct. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and released that night on $2,000 unsecured bail.

Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe said a vehicle driven by another man and Bates, who was driving a motorcycle, were heading south on Route 1. As the two vehicles got into a higher speed zone, the motorcyclist tried to pass but apparently felt like the vehicle driver was speeding up to prevent him from passing.

As Bates passed the vehicle, he pulled out a gun and displayed it to the other driver. The other driver called police who were nearby and stopped Bates.

The chief noted the area where the incident occurred is not a place suitable for passing.

Bates next court appearance is scheduled for June 21 in the Knox County court.

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Comments (6)
Posted by: Michael Timothy Doucette | Apr 27, 2021 10:11

He’s some lucky he didn’t pull the gun on the wrong person

Posted by: Stephen J. Melchiskey | Apr 27, 2021 09:10

His right to possess any firearm should be the just and proper penalty.and that should apply to owning a motorcycle as well.k

Posted by: T A Schwab | Apr 27, 2021 07:42

This is absolutely frightening, I can tell when to pull over to the side and let these insane aggressive drivers pass me BUT He should be in JAIL no bail. He is a threat to the community.

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Apr 27, 2021 07:41

He looks a little too pleased with himself.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Apr 26, 2021 14:26

You are correct Richard. Becoming like the wild west. Why do people need to carry weapons with them. Because they can doesn't justify waving a gun at someone. What's wrong with slowing down, obeying the speed limit, following at a safe distance and not thinking we should get out of your way before we get shot.


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Apr 26, 2021 10:36

Sadly, it is just a matter of time isn't it?  These threats are not taken seriously enough and we will end up paying the price.  People need to get the message that this will not be tolerated.

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