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Springfield man accused of shooting at driver who had a child in the car

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A Springfield man allegedly shot at another driver who had his 5-year-old son in the car during a road rage incident in Chicopee Friday afternoon, according to police.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told Western Mass News 28-year-old Dwayne Howlette was arrested in Holyoke a short time after the incident.

According to Wilk, the victim told police this began as a road rage incident while he was driving on East Main Street in Chicopee around 2 p.m.

At one point Howlette allegedly took his arm out of the window and fired a gunshot at the other driver who stated he had his 5-year-old son in the car.

Luckily, the driver was able to avoid being hit and no injuries were reported. 

Howlette led police officers on a pursuit after he fled the area and drove from East Main Street on to the Deady Bridge, then to Grattan Street and eventually to I-391 towards Holyoke. 

Wilk said Howlette was able to evade police in Holyoke. A short time after the pursuit, a State Police Trooper saw Howlette walking on Main Street in Holyoke. 

That Trooper stopped Howlette and noticed he had a set of Honda keys with him. Further investigation revealed Howlette's keys opened the Honda connected to the pursuit. 

Howlette was taken into custody and now faces the following charges:

  •  Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Disturbance while carrying a dangerous weapon
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling
  • Possession of ammunition without a FID
  • Failure to stop for a police officer
  • Reckless operation of a vehicle
  • Fail to stop for a red light
  • Speeding

Wilk noted detectives requested a $50,000 bail, and Howlette is currently being held on a $5,000 bail. Additional charges are pending as this is an active investigation. 

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