Jury Convicts Chickamauga Man Of Ridge Cut Road Rage Incident

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Criminal Court jury has convicted a Chickamauga man of attempted second-degree murder in connection with a road rage incident in the vicinity of the Ridge Cut. 

The jury found Joseph John Volpe, 46, guilty as charged. After the verdict, Judge Barry Steelman ordered him taken into custody.

Prosecutor Lance Pope said Volpe faces 8-12 years in prison. Sentencing is June 17.

The prosecutor said Volpe was at the top of the Ridge Cut in his vehicle filming truckers allegedly violating driving laws when the run-in happened on June 30, 2010.

Volpe was slowed down filming another truck when Bruce Johnston of McDonald, Tn., came up behind him in his truck.

Prosecutor Pope said there was an issue between the two over Volpe not driving fast enough.

A short time later, near Fourth Avenue, Volpe came up behind the Johnston truck and the trucker tapped on his brakes, it was stated.

Volpe then fired a shot into the truck that hit the driver's head rest, coming close to striking him.

Volpe did not take the witness stand.

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