SOMERSET COUNTY – A Franklin county man was arrested after police say he allegedly shot a gun outside a Madison convenience store Thursday morning.
According to Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell, deputies charged 43-year-old Joseph Champagne of Strong with aggravated reckless conduct and terrorizing.
Authorities say Champagne reportedly got in an argument with a tractor trailer truck driver at the Big Apple Store in Madison.
The truck driver, 47-year-old Shane Lucas of Hudson, told police Champagne’s truck pulled out in front of him on White Schoolhouse Road and slammed on its brakes several times, causing Lucas to hit his brakes to avoid a potential crash.
During the argument, Champagne allegedly took out a .40 caliber pistol and fired it into the ground in Lucas’s direction.
He then fled the scene, and police say they eventually located and arrested him at the Tradewinds Variety Store in Norridgewock.
Champagne was taken to the Somerset County Jail.