Smoking when you're 8-months pregnant isn't cool. It's a scientifically proven fact. If you are 8-months pregnant, and you do decide to smoke - especially in public - you should expect some hardcore scorn. And sometimes, it seems, that scorn comes in the form of a dude in a pickup truck pointing a handgun at you.
As the Herald's Caleb Hutton reports, on Wednesday afternoon at about 12:08 p.m. a woman who's 8-months pregnant was enjoying a satisfying cigarette while walking in downtown Bellingham near the in the 700 block of East Holly Street. That's when a man in a blue Dodge pickup pulled up next to hear and rolled down his window. According to the paper, the man--24-year-old Justin Palmer - proceeded to shout "something to the effect of, 'Who the heck smokes when they're pregnant?'
Apparently not ashamed, the woman proudly told Palmer "I do."
It was an answer Palmer, who was obviously uber-concerned about the woman's unborn child, didn't take kindly too.
As the Herald reports:
They "exchanged words" for a bit, then the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. The man was still sitting in the truck, about 10 feet from the woman. He drove away, and the woman called 911.
A few minutes later, an officer pulled over a blue Dodge pickup near the intersection of Texas and James streets. The driver, Justin Dain Palmer, 24, admitted to confronting the woman but denied pulling out a gun, Young said.
Despite these denials, police quickly found two Glock semiautomatic .45-caliber handguns in Palmer's center console. Reportedly a resident of Sudden Valley, given the evidence against him Palmer was suddenly arrested by police a short time after this discovery.