Saturday, July 20, 2013
State law allows bicyclists every right to use the roadway as a vehicle, but one man didn’t see it that way. He reported to police that he was a victim of an assault by two cyclists on the Ben Sawyer Causeway.
He said he was driving into Mount Pleasant and two people on bikes were in the roadway. He said he told them to get on the sidewalk and they yelled back at him.
After descending the bridge the victim said he stopped his car on the side of the road. He did not give a reason for this, according to the police report.
He said the cyclists began hitting his car and then grabbed him by the neck and back. He was able to get his car window up, he said but the two kept hitting his car. He said he wanted both suspects arrested for assault,
He then stated he was heading to the hospital to get checked out.
Police said they would be in touch with him and began a patrol for the suspects.
According to the police report, they were located a short distance up. The male cyclist told the officer that a man drove by them and yelled for them to get on the sidewalk. They yelled back and after the driver crossed the bridge, he said, the driver stopped and opened his car door, hoping to have a cyclists hit it.
The cyclist said he did not hit the car door but banged into the driver’s side window. They both said the man in the car followed them down Ben Sawyer all the way to Chuck Dawley, hoping to see where they were going. At that point they, too, notified police. The officer then contacted the supposed victim and explained the bicyclists’ side of the story and informed him that they wanted to press charges too. After further explanation, both parties agreed not to pursue charges and agreed they would each go their separate ways.