BEAUFORT — A Lenoir County man charged in a weekend road rage incident in Carteret County left the courtroom Wednesday with modifications to his bond.
Bradley Turner, 40, of La Grange, made a first appearance in Carteret County District Court at which time the judge granted a motion from District Attorney Scott Thomas to modify the bond to add several provisions of Turner’s pretrial release.
Turner is not to have any direct or indirect contact with any alleged victim or prosecuting witness. Also, he may not possess any firearm while away from his personal residence.
Attorney Roger Crow, who represented Turner in court, had no objections to the modifications. Turner’s bond amount remains $37,500.
Turner’s wife, Christy, accompanied Bradley Turner to court. She has a first appearance scheduled May 1 after the Turners were charged Monday by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation into a Sunday altercation in a road rage incident during which gunshots were fired.
Bradley Turner is charged with discharging a weapon into property, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, going armed to the terror of the people, injury to personal property and assault.
Christy Turner has been charged with two counts of assault by pointing a gun.
Authorities say the reported road rage incident began on U.S. 70 in the James City area of Craven County and ended in the Newport area of Carteret County.
Authorities said the Turners followed the alleged victims — identified by media outlets as William Berry and Nathan Brotzman — and pulled into a driveway behind them when they got to Newport.
Turner is accused of firing several gunshots during an altercation that followed.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office released still images and a video clip of the incident on Monday and asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspects, who had left the scene. It was reported that the suspects had a toddler in the car with them.
The charges against the Turners were filed later that afternoon.
The incident remains under investigation, and Thomas will review the final report before making any decisions on any further charges.
While such cases can be difficult, Thomas said the video of this incident makes it different.
“Sometimes you hear various stories and versions of what happened. In this particular case parties caught it on video,” Thomas said.
A friend of one of the alleged victims shot the video on a cell phone.
The video clip released shows Bradley Turner approaching the pickup truck with the alleged victims and making a comment to the driver before punching him through the window. The driver and a passenger then get out of the truck and a fight between Turner and the two takes place outside. The video then shows Christy Turner approaching and giving her husband a handgun.
One round appears to be fired into the ground and Turner then gets back into his vehicle.
The Turners reportedly leave and come back a short time later.
Investigators said the video clip is only a small part of the incident and does not show the shots fired at the truck.
No one was injured by gunfire, but a window in the truck was reportedly shattered.
The Turners were arrested Monday night and released from the Lenoir County Jail after posting bond.
Bond for Christy Turner was set at $1,000.