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Trucker charged in shooting after argument on highway

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — An argument between two truckers over highway etiquette ended with shots fired and one of the drivers jailed.

Michael W. Sorden, 28, of Cedar City, Utah, was arrested Friday night. Mesa County sheriff's officials said Sorden was being held without bond for investigation of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

Sorden also faces possible charges of menacing with a deadly weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon.

The other driver, whose name was not released, was not injured.

"All it was, was one trucker didn't flash his lights for the other to let that trucker know that he was clear to pull back in, and that escalated to the point that one of them apparently became fairly angry," sheriff's Sgt. Jim Fogg said Saturday.

The drivers, headed west on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon, argued over their CB radios and eventually one truck pulled alongside the other. One of the drivers fired four shots into the other truck's cab and at the front tire, Fogg said.

The victim pulled over to the shoulder of the road and called 911. He was not hit.

Fruita police in western Colorado and state troopers made an arrest a short time later.