Rutledge man accused of pointing gun on I-20

COVINGTON — A Rutledge man accused of pointing a gun at drivers while traveling down the interstate told deputies that he was just pointing his finger. However, while he was not arrested on weapons charges, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday that a man driving a tan Cadillac Escalade was driving aggressively and was seen pointing a gun at another driver on Interstate 20. Investigator Michael Cunningham said two deputies set up in two different locations on the interstate to look for the suspect.

“One of the deputies located the suspect vehicle and followed it as it exited onto Alcovy Road,” Cunningham said.

He said the deputy pulled over the SUV for a traffic violation, at which time he discovered the driver, 24-year-old Phillip Ray Stovall Jr., was driving with a suspended license.

“When questioned about pointing a gun at persons on the interstate, he said he did not have a weapon but said he was pointing his finger at people,” Cunningham said.

Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy found that Stovall had prescription medication in his possession that was not in a properly labeled container.

Stovall, of 1291 Weaver Jones Road in Rutledge, was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, driving on a suspended license and drugs not kept in their original container.