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Friday, March 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A township man is accused of pulling a gun on another motorist in an alleged road rage incident.

State police filed charges this week against Mitchell J. Novak, 28, of 168 Fry Hollow Road.

A Hempfield man reported that while he and his fiancee were driving in the Hunker area at 12:46 a.m. on March 13, they were being followed by a Subaru, allegedly driven by Novak. Novak later blocked in their vehicle in an unspecified area in the vicinity of the Hempfield Hunt Club, according to police.

“(Novak) exited his vehicle holding a black firearm,” approached the other driver and pointed the weapon at him, wrote Trooper Adam Thomas in an affidavit of probable cause. “(Novak) stated ‘quit following me' while pointing the firearm.”

Novak later refused to meet with police investigating the incident, Thomas said. Novak is facing charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment before Hempfield District Judge James Falcon.

A summons has been issued and an April 30 preliminary hearing is scheduled.

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