Vancouver man accused of firing gun at vehicle appears in court

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A Vancouver man accused of firing a BB gun at another vehicle after he became upset with that driver appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court.

Hunter J. Nelson, 18, faces allegations of second-degree malicious mischief, unlawful display of a weapon, reckless driving and reckless endangerment stemming from the Wednesday incident.

At about 2:30 p.m., Kristen Cherington called 911 to report that someone brandished a firearm at her family and fired shots at their pickup near Northeast 78th Street and St. Johns Road, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Superior Court. Cherington, her husband and their 10-year-old son were in the pickup at the time.

After arriving home, they found three dents on the driver’s side of the pickup, the affidavit states.

The family was driving east in the 3500 block of 78th in the right lane when an orange Nissan 350Z came up behind them at high speed. The Nissan then darted between two vehicles while moving to the left lane and used the center turn-lane to pass eastbound vehicles. The Nissan moved back over and drove alongside the Cheringtons’ pickup, court records said.

The driver of the Nissan, later identified as Nelson, aimed what appeared to be a pistol at the pickup and fired, according to court documents.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies located the Nissan shortly after at Nelson’s home, which is near where the incident took place, the affidavit states.

Nelson initially lied about his involvement but later changed his story. He said he was angry about how the pickup was driving. Deputies found a BB gun in his vehicle, court records said.

On Thursday, Nelson was appointed an attorney and granted supervised release. He will be arraigned Aug. 22.