Gregory Alan Taxiera

Gregory Alan Taxiera appears via video Tuesday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

A Livingston man was released from jail Tuesday after being accused of pointing a gun at another driver on Interstate 90.

Gregory Alan Taxiera, 50, is charged with felony assault with a weapon. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Bryan Adams.

On Monday around 8:15 a.m., a Gallatin County deputy responded to a report of a man waving a gun at another driver on the interstate near Trail Creek Road, according to charging documents.

Bozeman officers found Taxiera driving west on the interstate near Seventh Avenue and stopped him. The officer handcuffed Taxiera.

Taxiera told officers that a man in a box-truck was trying to run him off the road while he was passing a semitrailer in the left lane, according to charging documents. When he pulled in front of the semi, Taxiera said, the box-truck passed him and flipped him off.

Police said in charging documents that Taxiera then sped up along side the box-truck and flipped the driver off while holding his gun. Taxiera said he was “indicating to him, ‘if you’re going to use your truck as a weapon, I’m more than happy to defend myself.’”

The driver of the box-truck told officers that Taxiera pulled in front of him, causing him to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting Taxiera. After passing the semi-truck, the man said, Taxiera rolled down his window and pointed the gun at him several times, according to charging documents.

Taxiera's initial appearance in District Court will be scheduled at a later date.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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