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High school football coach arrested at gunpoint after traffic disturbance

Lake Wales High School (Florida) football coach Don Wayne Wise Jr. has been charged after allegedly pulling a gun during a traffic rampage on June 18.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the victims said a person pointed a gun at them at a stoplight after the suspect’s blue Nissan Rogue swerved into their lane several times. As the suspect pointed the gun at the victims for “a full 30 seconds,” he reportedly yelled, “You pulled into my lane twice.”

According to the report, the incident did not escalate and investigators were eventually able to trace the license plate of the Nissan Rogue to Wise, who was “visibly upset when . . .” [the detectives] went to his house.

Wise denied there was a traffic incident but admitted he was in the area – labeled Cypress Gardens Blvd. – to have stopped. He also admitted to having a fire extinguisher with him, which he showed investigators as he lifted up his shirt.

After that, he refused to answer any further questions.

The victims identified Wise as the suspect who pointed the gun at them during a photo shoot, and he was later arrested.

According to the arrest report, Wise was uncooperative and even refused to sit in the police car, leading to charges of resisting arrest and three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Wise was released after posting $15,500 bail.

Lakes Wales went 15-0 last season to win the 3S District 8 state title after defeating Mainland (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 32-30.

There is currently no comment from the school.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd released this statement about the 33-year-old football coach:

“Coaches should be mentors and role models for appropriate behavior. Losing your temper driving and then brandishing a gun is the complete opposite. I am proud of my investigators for their swift work in apprehending those responsible.”

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