Sacto 9-1-1
February 7, 2013
Jury finds Esparto man used truck to assualt motorcyclist

An Esparto man has been found guilty of using his truck as a deadly weapon in an assault on a motorcyclist.

A Yolo County jury returned the verdict against 39-year-old Joshua Shawn Bracy on Jan. 30, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On the morning of Aug. 29, 2012, the victim was riding his motorcycle along Beamer Street on his way to work in Woodland. Bracy mistakenly believed the motorcycle had been stolen from him, and he began to chase the victim with his Dodge truck, officials said.

After being pursued at 45 mph to 50 mph at a dangerously close distance, the victim reached the dirt road leading to his workplace and slowed down. Bracy pulled up up next to the victim and began angrily shouting at him.

The victim tried to leave, but Bracy turned his vehicle into the victim, knocking the man over and injuring his ankle and shoulder, officials said.

Bracy then got out of his vehicle, accused the victim of stealing his motorcycle and tried to tackle him. The victim escaped and alerted coworkers.

Officials said a pipe for smoking methamphetamine was found in Bracy's truck, and a blood test revealed that he had methamphetamine in his system.

Bracy is to be sentenced March 7 by Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial. The judge also found that Bracy had been previously convicted of 10 felonies, including rape, resulting in four prior prison commitments.

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