Aggressive, Drunk Driver Facing Charges After Crazy Crime Spree
A 30-year-old man from West Valley has been charged with first-degree assault and animal cruelty after threatening and firing a shot at drivers and assaulting a dog last Sunday.
The man is now sober behind bars at the Yakima County jail
Zachary Norris is now being held in the Yakima County jail on the charges including felony harassment, drive-by shooting and drunken driving. Union Gap Police say a concerned citizen first spotted Norris and thought he may be intoxicated so the driver called 9-1-1 and followed Norris off the Main Street exit in Union Gap.
Police say Norris threatened the first driver
That's when authorities say Norris stopped in the road, got out of his vehicle and pointed what the drive thought was a gun. Norris then got back into his vehicle and begin harassing the reporting driver by tailgating him, again pointing what the driver thought was a gun before driving away.
The second driver could have been seriously injured
A short time later another driver became concerned about Norris behind the wheel and was met with a confrontation. Police say Norris blocked that driver, got out with a gun and hit his dog with the gun and then pointed the pistol at the driver and pulling the trigger. The gun failed to fire but then authorities say Norris was able to fire a shot into the drivers door before fleeing the area.
Norris was stopped and arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper at Cornell Avenue. He's being held in the Yakima County jail today where bail is set at $100,000.