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Kakaako man charged with terroristic threatening after freeway shooting

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police charged a Kakaako man with terroristic threatening in connection with a road rage attack. The other driver, Bronson Botelho, 23, said he was leaving a friend's house in Mililani and heading home to Kaneohe on Friday night. According to Botelho, another driver was weaving between vehicles and cut him off on the H-2 near Kipapa Gulch. Botelho said he eventually caught up with the other vehicle.

"(I) pulled up next to the vehicle it was tailing and at that point, he cut behind me and started tailgating me where I slowed down and I didn't jam my brakes, I just let off the gas," Botelho said.

According to Botelho, the other driver yelled at him before speeding off. Botelho said he thought the dispute was over until he heard gunshots near the Aiea exit. He was not hurt, but two bullets pierced the driver's side rear door just inches from where he was sitting.

"There's that initial sense of shock. It kind of got real and that could have been me. That could have been a passenger, and thank God, it was just me driving because I'm alive and that's all that really matters," Botelho said.

Botelho said he was able to take down a description of the driver and the license plate number.

Douglas Freeman, 65, was later arrested at his apartment complex on Coral Street.  He is being held on $50,000 bail.

"Road rage, it's kind of crazy. It's not something you expect in Hawaii, but just goes to show anything can happen," Botelho said.

Botelho said he is thankful that nobody else was injured.

"It's a good thing that there were no other vehicles because if there were and he was a poor shot, he could have hit a mother, he could have hit a child. It could have been a whole lot worse than what it is," said Botelho.

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