FRANKLINTON, La. -- A Franklinton man is in jail on allegations that he fired an AK-47 out of a moving vehicle while aiming for highway signs Monday morning, according to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.
At the scene deputies seized a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and a .22 caliber long rifle modeled after an assault rifle.
Franklinton resident Joseph Easterling faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to property and open container.
A deputy monitoring traffic first heard shots that sounded like an assault rifle pass near her vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy found the vehicle where the shots were being fired from, and after a high-speed chase, was able to pull it over.
The driver, Laken Breanna Magee, said the group in the vehicle were “hanging out” at Easterling’s residence and drinking beer before deciding to drive around and shoot the weapons.
She was placed under arrest and charged with criminal mischief and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Two other passengers, Tristen Blake Sullivan and James Lynch, were also charged in the incident.
Easterling admitted to firing the weapons, according to deputies.
“He said he didn’t feel he was doing anything wrong by shooting at the highway signs,” said Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley.