In act of road rage, 72-year-old man traps woman in cul-de-sac, police say

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Paul Benning Davis Jr. (Courtesy VPRJ)
Paul Benning Davis Jr. (Courtesy VPRJ)

A 72-year-old man has been charged with abduction following a road rage incident that ended with a 911 call.

Paul Benning Davis Jr., of James City County, was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say he followed a woman in her car through the Governor’s Land subdivision, driving closely and honking the horn of his Hyundai Genesis, James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

Around 3:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a location on Two Rivers Road for a road rage incident. Police said the driver told police someone had followed her through the Governor’s Land neighborhood and had just blocked her vehicle in at the end of a cul-de-sac on Founder’s Hill South.

The incident started near the intersection of Route 5 and Monticello Avenue, Williams said.

The woman told police the man had gotten out of his car, which blocked a majority of the road, and stood by her car, blocking her exit with his body as well, Williams said.

The woman and Davis were not known to each other, she said, adding that the woman was on her way to a friend’s house when the incident happened.

The woman did not know why the man had become angry with her while she was driving.

Davis is currently being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Davis appeared for arraignment in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Monday morning, according to online court records. He is being represented by attorney Michael Gaten.

Davis is scheduled to appear again in court for a hearing Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.