35-year-old former Clarksville Police Officer Christopher Buccellato is free on a $5,000 bond (reduced from an initial $50,000) after a road rage incident that ended with a woman crawling through a Starbucks drive-thru window to escape him as he pulled a gun on her.
Sonia Baiza honked at Buccellato to alert him to hopefully avoid a collision with her, and in response he pulled beside her screaming, yelling, and making gestures, however, she rolled up her window and drove away. He aggressively followed her as she continued to her destination, Starbucks, nearly rear-ending her several times. As she was stopped to turn into the business, he pulled beside her once again, gesturing to the handcuffs hanging from his mirror, while stating “I’ll have you in cuffs tonight!”.
She again attempted to simply drive away, and Buccellato, once again, followed her – this time into the drive-thru of the Starbucks. He then exited his black Dodge RAM with a handgun in his left hand, placing her in imminent fear. She was able to jump into the drive-thru window, and employees helped to pull her through to the inside. Buccellato fled the scene, however, officers say they were able to identify the defendant due to other prior reports involving Buccellato. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Christopher Robert Buccellato was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on April 12th, on the outstanding warrant charging him with felony aggravated assault. His bond was initially set at $50,000, however, it was reduced to $5,000, which he posted via 2nd Chance 24 HR Bail Bonding. He was released to his 124 Hilliard Lane address in Clarksville.