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Driver arrested after allegedly flashing gun in road rage incident

From staff reports

Spokane Valley deputies arrested a man Thursday for allegedly flashing a gun during a road rage incident and chasing the victim.

At about 3:40 p.m., suspect Juan C. Bastiva, 41, allegedly began yelling at the victim in his car while the two were pulled up next to one other near the intersection of South Adams Road and East Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Bastiva allegedly flashed a black handgun, but never pointed it at the victim, according to a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Bastiva also allegedly got out of his car and approached the victim, but the victim drove away and called 911.

Bastiva, driving a purple Pontiac Grand Prix, began chasing the victim, but the victim pulled into a parking lot and hit a curb, which disabled his car. Bastiva continued driving and deputies arrived, spotted Bastiva’s car and pulled him over, the news release stated.

Bastiva initially didn’t comply with demands to show his hands, but he eventually got out of the car and was arrested.

Deputies found a Hi-Point C9 handgun with two magazines on the passenger seat.

Bastiva is a five-time convicted felon, and is not legally allowed to possess a gun.

His is being held in the Spokane County Jail on a $10,000 bond for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

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