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Knife pulled in road rage incident
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A road rage incident Friday morning ended with a crash and one man charged with felony assault.
Charged with aggravated assault is Jason Moseley, who could face three to six years in prison if convicted. The other driver, Christopher Bottoms, has not been charged with a crime.
According to McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara, it is unclear how the incident began but at some point Friday morning one of the drivers had cut the other one off, prompting a road rage issue between the men.
“They were going down the road, cutting each other off and flipping each other off,” said Mara of the lead up to the showdown in front of Three Star Mall. “They eventually reached the red light at the mall.”
Mara said once the light turned green, Moseley pulled ahead.
“He did a quick stop,” Mara said, noting Bottoms didn’t stop in time. “He was struck from the rear by Bottoms.”
At that point, Moseley allegedly got out of his vehicle and pulled a knife, challenging Bottoms to get out of his vehicle.
Mara said police had been called by witnesses who had seen the back and forth between the motorists prior to the crash and alerted law enforcement. Officers were on the scene of the minor wreck quickly to defuse the hostile situation.