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Atlanta City Hall employee arrested for road rage tells her side of story

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Sarah Pirzad tells CBS46 both times she was arrested for gun-related offenses were misunderstandings Sarah Pirzad tells CBS46 both times she was arrested for gun-related offenses were misunderstandings
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

An Atlanta City Hall spokesperson says an employee arrested for a road rage incident is no longer working there.

According to the police report, Sarah Pirzad got into a disagreement with another driver outside the building where she lives in Buckhead.

Pirzad says she honked her horn at the other driver to tell her to move out of the way, and according to Pirzad, the other driver followed her into a parking garage for a confrontation.

"She doesn't live here. I've never seen her before. I don't know who she is. I told them I had a carry permit and I had my gun on me. I guess she saw the gun, but I never threatened her with it. I never pulled it out on her or anything," said Pirzad.

The other driver later called 911 to say Pirzad had a gun in her hand during the encounter. Police say just the act of holding a gun at your side during a confrontation with a stranger can be considered simple assault.

Pirzad's attorney, Maha Amircani, disagrees with that definition. She is trying to get more information about why police are criminally charging her client, but she says she is being prevented.

"Because of the city hack, court [has] been canceled for the past two weeks so we're still unclear about the details. Apparently, they just took [the other driver's] word over Ms. Pirzad's word," said Amircani

Pirzad says she met with police and gave them a statement on the same day the February incident occurred. She assumed the matter was closed after that.

According to Pirzad, there was no indication that police intended to charge her with a crime until she was suddenly arrested in April. 

Jail records show Pirzad was arrested for a similar offense of "pointing a gun" in 2011. She tells CBS46 that situation was also a misunderstanding. She told the court the other driver mistook her cell phone for a gun and the charge was dismissed.

Pirzard tells CBS46 she feels like she is being targeted for other reasons.

"I feel like this is a personal attack and a political attack between APD and the mayor's office, and I'm in the middle of it."

She said the officer that took her to jail said some noteworthy remarks along the way.

"The police officer made some commentary about Mayor Bottoms and her administration, saying she's got all these felons working for her, all these criminals...saying they'll probably give you a promotion, they'll put you on a pedestal. They'll probably give you more money...making like a joke out of the situation, basically."

As for the confrontation in the garage, she says it's much ado about nothing.

"The situation got out of control. The woman should have just left and gone about her day instead of following me into the garage. And that's it."

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