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March 1, 2013

Platte City man convicted in road rage case

Bradley W. Ise faces up to 37 years in prison. He was charged as a prior and persistent offender.

A Platte City man faces up to 37 years in prison after a jury found him guilty this week of multiple felonies stemming from a road rage incident.

On Wednesday, a jury convicted Bradley W. Ise, 39, of second-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of first-degree property damage and driving with a revoked license.

“This defendant rammed into one car and put another into the concrete median, and he then ran from the law,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written statement. “The law has finally caught up to him.”

In the trial, prosecutors maintained that Ise intentionally rammed the back of another vehicle on Interstate 635 on July 22, 2010. He kept driving, and moments later he intentionally swerved into a second car on Interstate 29 near 64th Street, spinning that car into the median, prosecutors said.

Ise again fled the scene, prosecutors said.

Ise was charged as a prior and persistent offender. He had been found guilty in August 2009 of three counts of felony aggravated assault in Kansas. Those assaults also were committed using a car. Ise’s driver’s license was revoked at the time of the Platte County road rage incident.

Following the jury’s verdicts, Ise’s bond was increased to $250,000, cash only. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 18.

Zahnd said his office plans to ask for 37 years, the maximum sentence possible.

“Road rage puts people’s lives in danger and will not be tolerated in Platte County,” Zahnd said in his statement. “When a rage-filled driver repeatedly uses a car as a weapon to attack other drivers, his actions constitute assault with a dangerous instrument.”

Sgt. Brian Kelley of the Missouri Highway Patrol, the lead investigator on the case, died in December. His prior testimony regarding the incident was presented at the trial.

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