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Bail set at $20,000 in Niagara Thruway road rage incident

Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case on Wednesday set bail at $20,000 for a Buffalo man charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in an alleged road rage incident last week on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo.

James J. Woelfle, 46, was arrested Monday by State Police on the felony charge after he allegedly tried to force a car off the road with his pickup truck around 2 p.m. last Thursday on the northbound Niagara Thruway near the Clinton Street exit.

Police said Woelfle then got out of the truck and threw something at the car, which had pulled over.

Defense attorney Michael L. D’Amico told Case that his client turned himself into police and was arraigned in Buffalo City Court, which was unable to set bail.

Prosecutors requested $20,000 bail, citing Woelfle’s previous convictions on four felony charges and five misdemeanors and alleging that his conduct on the Niagara Thruway, which was videotaped by a passing motorist, put people’s lives at risk.