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A 26-year-old motorist accused of firing multiple BBs at a car and flashing a fake handgun during a road rage confrontation on Interstate 15 was charged Monday with firearm assault and other offenses.

Salvador Flamenco Saavedra of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested Thursday following a California Highway Patrol investigation into the alleged attack against a driver and a passenger in a car on the northbound I-15 in Jurupa Valley.

Along with the gun assault count, Saavedra is charged with felony vandalism and a misdemeanor allegation of brandishing an imitation firearm in a threatening manner.

The defendant, who is being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail, was slated to make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to the CHP, about 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Saavedra was going north on I-15, near the 15/91 interchange, in his Nissan Frontier pickup when he allegedly became enraged with the driver of another vehicle, whose identity was not disclosed.

What sparked the defendant’s anger was not specified.

“During the altercation, (Saavedra) … fired an unknown number of rounds,” CHP Officer Javier Navarro said. “The suspect then fled the scene northbound. Neither occupant in the other vehicle was injured in the shooting.”

The extent of damage to the victims’ car was not detailed.

Court documents alleged that a BB rifle was used during the attack.

CHP officers were able to obtain the license plate on the Nissan in the ensuing investigation, culminating in a search warrant being served at Saavedra’s residence on Chardoney Way Thursday afternoon, according to Navarro.

He said that officers seized “a pellet rifle and a replica pellet handgun in a holster.”

Saavedra was taken into custody without incident.

“The CHP takes aggressive driving and road rage seriously and will actively investigate all crimes occurring on our freeways,” Riverside CHP Commander Levi Miller said Friday.

Saavedra has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.

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