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Johnson Allegedly Points Starter’s Pistol at Motorist

Police seized a starter’s pistol from Ben Johnson’s car after a motorist alleged that the Olympic sprinter pointed it at him while driving on a Toronto highway Thursday afternoon.

The motorist told police a black Porsche pulled beside his car while he was driving east on Highway 401. The man said that the driver pointed a small handgun and then pulled away.

The motorist reported the license number of the car to police, who traced the plate to Johnson and went to the sprinter’s house.

A police spokesman said Friday that Johnson admitted he had been driving the car at the time but denied the motorist’s allegations. The investigation is continuing.

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Starter’s pistols are used to begin track events. They have solid barrels and can fire only blanks.

Johnson won the 100-meter dash in a world record 9.79 seconds in Seoul, Sept. 24. He was subsequently stripped of the Olympic gold medal and the record after traces of a banned muscle-building steroid, stanozolol, were found during his post-race drug test.


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