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Motorists’ run-in leads to 1 arrest

Doug Mattson

First he got cut off, then flipped off, and that caused a ticked-off Alta Sierra man to allegedly issue a knife-wielding threat to another motorist on La Barr Meadows Road Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It ended with the arrest of Brian Lee Timblin, 38, who was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and exhibiting a deadly weapon. He later posted $8,250 bail.

The incident began before at 10:30 a.m. on Highway 49, near Tall Pines Mobile Home Estates south of Grass Valley.

A 20-year-old Auburn woman reported she turned right to go south on the highway and didn’t see Timblin, who was heading southbound in a 1985 Buick, said CHP spokesman Troy Marks. He declined to name the alleged victims.

Next, according to Marks, Timblin yelled and gestured while tailgating the woman’s vehicle, which was also carrying a 26-year-old woman in the front-passenger seat and two children, ages 5 and 10, in the back seat.

The alleged tailgating and gesturing resumed until the woman passenger gave Timblin the finger, further angering him, Marks said.

The woman driver turned left onto La Barr Meadows Road and, before reaching Dog Bar Road, Timblin allegedly pulled in front of her, forcing her to stop. He got out, “screaming and yelling,” and walked toward the women with a raised knife, Marks said.

The driver backed up and drove around Timblin as he kicked her car, according to Marks. She reported the incident to CHP Officer Bruce Lian, who was at La Barr Meadows and Dog Bar roads.

Timblin was later arrested at his Alta Sierra home, where “he admitted to some of it, but not all of it,” Marks said, noting Timblin denied wielding a knife. The CHP recovered a knife, according to Marks, who didn’t learn where it was found.

Marks said both the suspect and victims could have kept the incident from escalating.

“If you’re going to have someone tailgate you, don’t provoke them. Pull over and let them by,” Marks said.

Timblin doesn’t have a phone listing and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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