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News Franklin man exhibits road rage against off-duty cop

Michael James TrainorA Franklin man was recently arrested and faces numerous charges following an incident of road rage.

Michael James Trainor, 66, of Trimont Lake Road, was arrested at approximately 9 p.m. on December 5. He is facing two counts of assault by pointing a gun, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggressive driving all misdemeanor offenses.

According to reports, the complainant, off-duty Macon County Sheriff's Officer Stephanie Robbins was heading northward on Green Street. She reportedly passed a man in a maroon Toyota Camry who appeared to be driving “erratically.” It appeared to the driver at this point that the man, who would later turnout to be Trainor, was upset with her because she had passed him.

“He got mad and started to follow her all over town,” explained Franklin Police Department Chief David Adams. “She then dialed 9-1-1, and at some point [Trainor] tried to block her off, jumped out and pulled a gun on her … We're very fortunate it wasn't a shooting. The situation could have gotten out of hand but luckily it didn't.”

The chase started from Green Street and ended up on Highlands Road, according to Adams. Trainor reportedly told authorities, after his apprehension, that he was a retired police officer.

Trainor was processed at Macon County Detention Center and issued a $12,000 secured bond. Within a few short hours he made bail and is expected in court Jan. 10.


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