It became a dangerous ride Tuesday afternoon for a group of motorcyclists traveling south on Interstate 85.
According to the Troup County Sheriffs Office, somewhere around mile marker 28 the group came in contact with Joshua Lee Barclay who was driving a white Ford Fusion also southbound on I 85. Barclay claims the the group of seven motorcyclists were trying to crowd him off the interstate.
But the riders, which included a Fairfax, Virginia Fire Captain, a retired U.S. Marshall, and a police officer with the Pentagon Protection Forces, say Barclay was in the left lane and would not move over, so the bikers got in the right lane to pass him. That’s when they say Barclay suddenly swerved into the right lane, nearly hitting one of the motorcyclists. One of the riders showed Barclay his badge and motioned for him to calm down. The driver, in turn, showed the bikers his gun and pointed it at them.
According to the report, the motorcyclists got back in the left lane, and Barclay sped up and followed them yelling at the riders, driving recklessly, and waving his gun around.
After several 911 calls about the incident, the bikers and Barclay were pulled over. After reviewing one of the 911 calls, Deputies say Barclay can be heard saying he’s about to shoot one of the motorcyclists and used racial profanity.
Barclay was arrested and charged with pointing a gun at another person.