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Police: Woman used fake gun in road rage incident

(Courtesy: CNN Newsource/KTRK/La Porte Police Department/Cell phone video)

LA PORTE, TX (WSYX/WTTE) – A Texas woman faces a felony assault charge after she was caught on video pointing what looked like a gun at other drivers on the road.

A cell phone video recording 25-year-old Amanda Downs driving down the highway, pointing what looked like a gun at a vehicle. Jacob McNeil, a passenger in one of the vehicles, captured the bizarre and alarming incident.

"I wake up to some guy basically trying to knock us off the road, turned out to be a woman. And he throws me the phone and says record. As soon as I do, she comes past with her hand out the window, holding that gun, pointing it at us,” McNeil told KTRK.

La Porte Police said Downs started swerving at the McNeils’ in an apparent road rage incident before finally holding up the weapon, which turned out to be a novelty knife shaped to look like a firearm.

Downs has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after investigators say she confessed to this incident and another one in July.

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