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Man Arrested for Pointing Gun at Driver in Car Wash Line 7-22-2019

Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-22724

Date/Time:  Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 3:19PM

Location:  West Side Car Wash, 805 Forest Avenue, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department arrested a 68-year-old Harrington man on weapons offenses and DUI following an incident at the West Side Car Wash on Friday afternoon.  At approximately 3:19PM, officers were called to the car wash for a report of a man pointing a gun at another man.  Upon arrival, officers contacted and detained Joseph Rivard, locating a revolver on his hip.  Officers reviewed surveillance footage and observed that a 38-year-old male was operating a vehicle and pulled forward in line at the car wash.  Rivard believed that driver took his place in line and confronted him, refusing to let him exit the vehicle.  Rivard then retrieved the revolver from his vehicle and aimed it at the victim.  

During the investigation, it was also determined that Rivard was intoxicated at the time.  
As a result of this incident, Rivard was released on an O.R. Bond on the following charges.  
-Aggravated Menacing
-Possession of Firearm By Person Prohibited (Intoxicated)
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Disorderly Conduct
-DUI (Alcohol)

Joseph Rivard