Guilty plea in SLP road rage incident

A Coon Rapids man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge following a road rage incident in Spring Lake Park last year.

In a plea agreement March 11, John Gordon Weisner III, 30, 10990 Flora St. N.W., entered a guilty plea to a terroristic threats count and will be sentenced May 9. He remains free on $3,000 bail.

Weisner was originally charged with second-degree assault and first-degree criminal damage to property, both felonies.

The evening of Sept. 7, 2012 Spring Lake Park Police responded to a road rage incident on County Road 10 and Jefferson and found a Subaru with damage down the entire right side.

According to the driver’s statement, he was driving on County Road 10 when a blue Ford Thunderbird came up behind him at a high rate of speed.

But when he moved into the left lane to let it pass, the Thunderbird pulled alongside him, then struck his vehicle three different times, forcing him into the median, before driving off.

The victim gave police a physical description of the Thunderbird driver, while a motorist that was behind the Subaru and Thunderbird provided the license plate number of the Thunderbird.

Contacting the owner of the Thunderbird, police were told that it was Weisner who was driving the vehicle that evening.

When police located the Thunderbird they found that it had damage to the left side that was consistent with the damage to the Subaru.

In a statement to police, Weisner admitted that he was in an altercation with a vehicle similar to the Subaru’s description.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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