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Episcopal priest to get probation for Martin County road rage

Posted at 8:58 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 09:43:48-05

STUART, Fla. (AP) — The rector of an Episcopal church in North Carolina accused of pointing a gun at another vehicle in Martin County is set to receive a year of probation.

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The Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday that Martin County prosecutors have reached a deal with 35-year-old Rev. William Rian Adams. He is scheduled to plead no contest Friday to a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of a firearm. He had been facing two felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

State troopers say a pickup truck driver was closely following Adams' Corvette on Florida's Turnpike in July and tried to pass the car. Authorities say Adams pointed a handgun at the truck.

Adams still is listed as rector at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Asheville.