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Motorist threatens three MJPD detectives

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A Lebanon man chose the wrong vehicle to threaten when he waved a gun at three Mt. Juliet Police detectives traveling in their undercover truck on Interstate 40 Wednesday morning.

Police arrested Luis Molina, 58, on the side of the interstate around 11:35 a.m. near the 236 mile-marker. According to the MJPD, three detectives were transporting a subject to jail in Lebanon when a random motorist waved a handgun in a threatening manner at the detectives and their passenger.

In what may have been road rage, the motorist became angry and decided to pull the handgun, said MJPD Lt. Tyler Chandler. The detectives said they didn't know why the man acted in such a manner. They conducted a traffic stop and found two handguns in Molina's vehicle. Lebanon Police helped in the stop since the incident took place in their jurisdiction.

Molina was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail with a $10,000 bond. He was charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at

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