Man accused of pulling gun on adults, three children during road rage incident

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  A Memphis man was arrested following a reported road rage incident last week.

The victims told police they were traveling in the area of South Parkway East and Bellevue when another driver pulled up beside them and started screaming. That man, later identified by police as Martez Taylor, claimed they cut him off and continued to scream while showing them some sort of badge.

Martez Taylor

"I don't know if my baby father cut him off or he cut my baby father off, but I just know they got on the side of each other," Precious Sawyer said.

That's when the couple said Taylor pulled out a gun and pointed it in their direction.

Scared, the couple yelled back saying they had three children in the car.

"He actually pulled it up and pointed it. And I said, 'You gone pull a gun and you see these kids over here?' He said, 'I don't give a F," Sawyer said.

While looking into his car, Sawyer says she noticed something. "I seen the car seat."

She believes Taylor also had children in his car. After the verbal exchange, Sawyer says her boyfriend wanted to follow Taylor.

"That's dangerous. It ain't going to do anything but make him shoot. It ain't going to do anything but get out of hand."

Taylor drove away and that's when the couple was able to get his tag information. He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with five counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Sadly, this isn't the first time the couple has almost become victims. But it is the first time they reported it to police.

"The first incident I really thought that young man was going to shoot. I really did," Sawyer said.

Seeing how road rage shootings have become a bigger problem on Memphis streets, Sawyer hopes drivers realize nothing is worth taking someone's life.

We contacted Memphis Police to see if Taylor is employed by the department since he flashed a badge. We haven't heard back yet.

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