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Road rage suspect faces up to four years in prison

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NEWPORT, N.C. -

A Lenoir County man, accused of attacking another driver and shooting that driver's car, is facing up to four years in prison.

Bradley Turner, 40, of La Grange, made for his first court appearance Wednesday, standing before the judge with a bruised eye and his wife sitting behind him, following Sunday's violent road rage incident.

Deputies in Carteret County say he punched a man in the face for allegedly cutting him off while driving. The victim, 20-year-old William Berry, and his friend, 21-year-old Nathan Brotzman, were seen on cell phone video fighting back.

Deputies say after Berry and Brotzman beat Turner to the ground, Turner then pulled a gun on them and shot Berry's truck and Berry's neighbor's house, all in the presence of Turner's toddler, sitting in the car.

In court, the judge decided Turner is not allowed to have any contact with the victims, their families, or any prosecuting witnesses. He is also not allowed to bring any firearms outside of his house.

Turner's lawyer, Roger Crowe, painted a different picture.

"We're dealing with a man who's a father and a husband and a hard-working man, and he was just completely terrified," said Crow.

Turner is facing five misdemeanor charges, including two counts of assault by pointing a gun, and one count each of going armed to the terror of the people, injury to personal property, and assault and battery. He is also charged with felony discharging a weapon into occupied property.

"I think it's important to realize that it was a very dangerous and volatile situation, obviously by what you saw on video, and people were put at risk and in danger," said Scott Thomas, Carteret County district attorney.

Turner's next court date is May 3. His wife's first court date is May 1. Christy Turner, 30, is charged with two counts of assault by pointing a gun.

9 On Your Side asked Turner for his side of the story in court, but he wouldn't give any comment.

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The man facing charges in what Carteret County deputies are calling a violent case of road rage is due in court Wednesday.

On Sunday, William Berry, 20, called 911 after he and his friend, Nathan Brotzman, 21, fought a man they say followed him home for miles. Berry's friend caught the brawl and shooting on cell phone video.

In the 911 call released Tuesday, Berry described how he and Brotzman ran into the house, fearing for their lives, after deputies say 40-year-old Bradley Taylor pulled a gun on them.

"He actually left, pulled the gun on us, pointed at us, and pulled the trigger, but it clicked. He drove away, came back, and we ran in the house and he fired shots in the yard and now he's just kind of driving by back and forth," Berry told the dispatcher.

Deputies say Turner pointed a gun at Berry and Brotzman, and opening fire on Berry's car, shattering the back window, and damaging a neighbor's house.

The dispatcher asked Berry why Turner was mad at him. Berry responded by saying that Turner had accused him of trying to run him off the road.

"I changed lanes, like going around another car, then changed back. The next thing I know, he was like right up next to me, rolling his window down, like pointing down, like ‘I'm going to kick your a--!'," said Berry.

Turner and his wife, 30-year-old Christy Turner, are facing multiple assault charges.

Bradley Turner's first court appearance is Wednesday morning. 9 On Your Side is at the courthouse and will keep you updated on what happens in court.

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A Lenoir County couple bonded out of jail Monday night for allegedly attacking a driver in a violent case of road rage.

Deputies say 40-year-old Bradley Turner from La Grange took out his anger Sunday morning at another man who cut him off while driving.

Turner allegedly started punching his victim, a man in a white baseball cap, after following him from James City to his house in Newport. The victim's friend shot cell phone video of the whole thing.

Eventually the suspect's wife, 30-year-old Christy Turner, came out with a gun.

Deputies say her husband shot at his victims, missing them, but hitting the victim's car and a neighbor's home.

"That's a big concern, because you never know what will come up next," said Antonio Suban, whose home was damaged from the gunfire.

Deputies say Bradley and Christy Turner turned themselves into the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Monday afternoon. 9 On Your Side had a crew at the magistrate's office as the couple was getting booked.

Bradley Turner has been charged with discharging a weapon into property, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, Going Armed to the Terror of People, Injury to Personal Property and Assault.  Christy Turner has been charged with two counts of assault by pointing a gun. 

Bradley Turner posted a $37,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. Christy Turner's first court appearance is May 1st. She posted a $1,000 bond.

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Deputies have released video from a shooting they say was the result of road rage.

It happened around 1 o'clock Sunday on Highway 70 near English Street in Newport.

Deputies say the shooting was a result of road rage that started on the highway in the James City area of Craven County.

Investigators want to track down the driver of the vehicle, a female passenger, and a toddler.

Video obtained by the sheriff's office shows what happened just before the driver allegedly fired several rounds at the other vehicle. The suspect confronts the other driver, punching at one of them, before two people leap out and attack him. A woman comes to his aid with a handgun, handing it to the suspect, who then confronts his attackers. He then takes off with the woman, and a toddler.

Now deputies are looking for an ash or gray colored SUV. The Carteret County Sheriff's Office is urging the family wanted for questioning to call them.

If you know where this family is, call the Sheriffs Office at (252) 504-4800 or the Carteret County Communications Center at (252) 726-1911.

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