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A 20-year-old man accused of shooting at another motorist during a road rage confrontation on the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona was charged Friday with attempted murder and other offenses.

Brian Augustine Jimenez Jr. of Rialto was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Wednesday following a California Highway Patrol investigation.

Along with attempted murder, Jimenez is charged with shooting at an occupied vehicle and a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation.

He was slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

“The California Highway Patrol takes all cases of highway violence seriously,” Riverside CHP Commander Levi Miller said Thursday. “We continue to aggressively investigate these incidents.”

According to the CHP, the alleged attack happened about 10 p.m. on June 23 along the eastbound 91 near downtown Corona.

Officer Javier Navarro alleged that Jimenez was at the wheel of a Kia Optima and became incensed with the driver of another sedan for unspecified reasons.

Jimenez “fired an unknown number of rounds” at the other car before speeding away, Navarro alleged.

The victim, identified in court documents only by his initials, “A.B.,” was not injured and immediately reported the attack.

Within days, CHP investigators were able to obtain the license plate number of the vehicle identified as the one driven by the alleged assailant, Navarro said, without stating which surveillance video cameras captured the Kia’s license plate.

The information was shared with surrounding law enforcement agencies, culminating in Rialto police locating the car Tuesday night and alerting the CHP, according to Navarro.

He said Jimenez was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning, and his car was impounded.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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