05/20/2015 04:41 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT

RCMP say alleged case of road rage prompts criminal charges on Vancouver Island

COMOX, B.C. - Mounties on Vancouver Island have arrested a 37-year-old man over what they say is an apparent case of road rage.

Comox Valley RCMP say criminal charges are pending out of what started as a tailgating incident in Courtenay, B.C.

Police say a 2002 Ford Escape was behind a Chevy pickup when the driver slammed on his brakes and the Escape's driver had to swerve to avoid a crash.

The two drivers exchanged words and that's when it's alleged the driver of the Escape pulled out what looked like a handgun and fired in the direction of the other vehicle.

Police found the driver along with a pellet gun, and the man now faces charges of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

RCMP Const. Don Sinclair says the incident is a reminder of how quickly aggressive driving can escalate into criminal acts.