Driver with gun follows vehicle on U.S. 60 in Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police say a driver with a handgun blocked a vehicle from changing lanes on U.S. 60 then followed it for several miles Thursday evening.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., a driver and two passengers were in a vehicle heading east on U.S. 60 near Gilbert Road. The driver attempted to merge into the carpool lane but was blocked by a Nissan Altima.

The driver tried to pull in behind the Altima, but the vehicle slowed and continued to block the lane, according to Detective Steve Berry with the Mesa Police Department.

The driver then decided to get away from the Altima and pulled into the center lane of the freeway.

The driver of the Altima continued to follow the victims' vehicle then pulled up on the passenger side near Greenfield Road. Berry said the Altima driver displayed a handgun and "cocked" the weapon but never pointed it at the victims.

The suspect continued to follow the victims until exiting at Superstition Springs Boulevard.

The suspect was described as a bald Hispanic male between 20 and 26 years old wearing a white T-shirt.

The Altima was described as pearl black with black aftermarket rims.

The victims never got the license plate of the vehicle.