The Richmond Register

September 30, 2013

Indiana prison employee arrested in road-age incident

May have pointed gun at driver in Madison County on Sunday


Register Staff Report

MADISON COUNTY —

A Corydon, Ind., man employed by an Indiana correctional facility was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a Sunday road-rage incident in which a gun was brandished on Interstate 75 in Madison County.

Perrin T. Dobyns, 51, was picked up by Indiana State Police at the Branchville Correctional Facility in Branchville, Ind., at 3 p.m., according to Trooper Robert Purdy of the Kentucky State Police, Richmond post.

He was lodged in the Perry County (Ind.) Jail and will be extradited to Kentucky where he will be faces first-degree wanton endangerment charges, the release stated.

At approximately 2:47 p.m. Sunday, state police in Richmond received a complaint about a road-rage incident on the interstate north of Richmond.

A white male operating a black passenger car was driving recklessly and passing cars in the emergency lane, the complaint stated.

As a witness attempted to gather information identifying the drive, the suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the witness and may have fired at least one round in his direction, the release stated.

On Monday, the KSP identified the suspect, and Trooper Charles Brandenburg obtained an arrest warrant for him. The suspect was believed to be in Indiana, and state police there were asked to assist in locating him.

Indiana State Police located Dobyns at the correctional facility where he is employed, according to the KSP news release.

Brandenburg was assisted in the investigation by the Indiana State Police, Jasper District, and the Branchville Correctional Facility.

In an email to the Richmond Register on Monday morning, Madison County resident Dave Kollar included a link to a YouTube video he made of the incident, which clearly showed a man aiming a gun at Kollar.

However, the video was removed by midday.

Purdy said it was unclear from the video if the gun was fired because of road noise in the background.

Kollar said just a few minutes after getting on I-75 northbound at Exit 90 around 2:15 p.m., he witnessed a car pass another vehicle in the emergency lane. The car then seemed to spar with the other vehicle in what appeared to be an attempt to run it off the road, he said.

Kollar got out his smartphone and started filming the vehicle, trying to get an image of its out-of-state license plate. But, the car had a bike rack on the back that somewhat obscured the plate.

“He knew I was back there with my camera hanging out,” Kollar said. “I wasn’t trying to hide it,”

Near the 97 mile marker, Kollar said the back passenger-side window of the suspect’s car rolled down, so he thought he would have a good opportunity to get a clear image of the driver’s face. After pulling up next to the vehicle’s right side, the video shows the front passenger-side window roll down. The driver looks directly at Kollar and raises a handgun.

“As soon as I saw the gun go up, I stepped on the brake,” Kollar said.

He believed he heard the gun fire, but his vehicle was not hit, Kollar said. But, the bullet may have gone in front of his car.

Kollar then got off the interstate and called the state police.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.