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Enraged driver opens fire after chase in U City, Olivette, police say

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Chad Casella is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action after allegedly participating in road rage By Daniel Greenwald Chad Casella is facing charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action after allegedly participating in road rage By Daniel Greenwald

(KMOV.com) – An enraged driver allegedly chased another driver from Olivette to University City, and police said he even opened fire.

Witnesses said the man cut another driver off near Olive Boulevard and Interstate 170. Police identified the driver as 43-year-old Chad Casella who police said rammed into the victim’s car while chasing him to University City. As the victim was exiting the highway at Delmar, police said Casella fired multiple shots into the victim’s vehicle.

This incident is one of several recent road rage cases. In north St. Louis, a motorcyclist was shot in the leg. In Kirkwood, a 20-year-old pointed a gun at another driver. Bellfontaine Neighbors said there was an attempted robbery at gunpoint on Interstate 270.

Sergeant Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said people are losing their patience. But it is more important for drivers to know how to react when other drivers lose their cool.

“Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact,” said Nothum. He did say that it is taking a quick look at the license plate number and make of the car is a good idea, but only after they have passed.

University City Police arrested Casella. He is charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

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