Road rage: Police say man pointed loaded gun at motorist on I-293

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ROAD RAGEMANCHESTER, NH – State Police arrested a Contoocook man on Jan. 16 following an alleged road rage incident involving a loaded handgun on I-293.

According to a police narrative, on Friday at about 8:15 a.m. state police from Troop B responded to a 911 call on Route 293 south in Manchester. The 911 caller advised that he was involved in a road rage incident and the other motorist, later identified as, Peter Benson, 48 of Contoocook, was operating a Gray Ford F-150 and pointed a hand gun at him.

Trooper Mark Suttmeier was working a construction detail in the area of Exit 4 when he observed Benson’s truck pass him traveling southbound on 293. He followed the vehicle for a short distance and with the assistance of other Troopers initiated a motor vehicle stop.  A subsequent search of Benson’s truck located two loaded hand guns. Benson was arrested for reckless conduct and criminal threatening.

Any information regarding the incident please contact the New Hampshire State Police Troop B – Trooper Matthew Lapierre at


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