January 25, 2021

Another Newton man arrested after firing shots into the air

Second incident involving firearm reported in the city in one week

A Newton man has been arrested after allegedly firing shots into the air during a road rage incident.

Matthew J. Eilander, 46, was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon at 4:43 p.m. July 19. According to the Newton Police Department, officers took a report of shots being fired from a maroon Kia after a road rage incident involving several motorcycles.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered Eilander was driving the maroon Kia and got into a road rage incident between Monroe and Newton. While stopped at a stoplight the bikes, who Eilander was involved in the incident with, pulled up alongside him and started yelling at him.

Eilander, by his own admission, put his black and silver .40 caliber pistol on the dashboard. One of the bikers broke a mirror on Eilander’s vehicle. After the light changed, the bikes and Eilander took off from the intersection.

Eilander then fired at least three rounds off into the air in an effort to “scare them.” Eilander was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail where he posted a $10,000 cash or surety bond and is awaiting court at 9 a.m. Aug. 3.

This is the second incident the Newton Police Department has had involving intimidation with a firearm this month. On July 19, officers responded to report of gun fire in the 1500 block of North 11th Avenue East. After investigation, officers arrested Michael E. Waddell, 36, of Newton, and charged him with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons.

Waddell threatened two victims with a gun and ordered them to get on the ground. He fired shots into the air to get them to comply. Officers retrieved the gun from the scene.

Contact Dustin Teays at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or dteays@newtondailynews.com