LAWRENCEVILLE -- Road rage fueled the encounter that led a Lawrenceville man -- not even involved in the original incident -- to follow another motorist for miles before cornering him, threatening his life and falsely claiming to be a police officer, authorities said.
The alleged victim said he was attempting to enter Interstate 85 North from Pleasant Hill Road Wednesday when a yellow Acura Integra cut him off. The Integra's driver followed onto Boggs Road, where they got in front of the victim and slammed on the brakes, according to a Gwinnett County police report.
Shortly after that is when a black Toyota Camry allegedly driven by Jose Colon Marquez appeared.
According to the police report, Marquez began following the alleged victim on Old Norcross Road, swerving back and forth while the Integra periodically hit its brakes. The alleged victim pulled into an apartment complex on Veranda Park Drive, where he was cornered by both vehicles.
The driver of the Integra -- whose identity was unclear Monday -- got out of the car, yelled and threatened the driver's life before leaving. Both the Integra and Camry then followed the alleged victim to a Chevron gas station at Old Norcross Road and Veranda Chase Drive.
Marquez, the driver of the Camry, reportedly approached and held up a badge.
"I am a (expletive) police officer, what the (expletive) is your problem," Marquez reportedly said.
The victim said his daughter was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, to which Marquez allegedly replied, "I don't (expletive) care, get out of the (expletive) car or I will (expletive) kill you."
The badge "did not resemble a badge of a Gwinnett County police officer or Gwinnett County sheriff deputy," the police report said. Marquez's wife later told police that he used to work in security.
Marquez was arrested the next day after the alleged victim was shown a photo lineup. He was charged with impersonating a police officer, a felony, and driving with a suspended license.