Summit County police blotter: Belligerent cyclist allegedly chucks bike at driver
Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office
Biking under the influence
A woman who reportedly stopped her car to help after seeing a bicyclist crash into a ditch in the Summit Cove area told authorities that same cyclist accused her of hitting him with her vehicle and then threw his bicycle at her car, according to a report released by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman said she’d been driving on Cove Boulevard when she saw a man riding a bike down the middle of the road. She said he looked unstable and soon after she saw him fall over and turned around to make sure he wasn’t injured, according to the report. When she contacted the cyclist, he allegedly got up and tossed his bike at the front of her truck, although it fell short and did not hit the vehicle. The driver told authorities the man also began approaching her with clenched fists and was yelling that she’d hit him, the report states.
The woman, concerned that the cyclist would punch her, got back in her vehicle where her two teenage sons were seated and called 911, according to the report. The man then allegedly came over to the truck and pushed on a driver’s side window.
Authorities with Silverthorne Police Department and the sheriff’s office responded to the scene and contacted the cyclist, who the report states showed signs of intoxication. He allegedly told law enforcement he’d been drinking at a friends house earlier in the evening and was riding his bike home when the truck hit him. He then changed his story, saying the vehicle never actually struck him but maintaining that the driver wasn’t “ respecting my rights as a bicyclist,” the report states. He reportedly didn’t answer questions about throwing the bike, but continued to say that the driver hadn’t respected his rights.
The man refused a blood alcohol content test and was arrested on suspicion of DUI, disorderly conduct and for having a bicycle not equipped with a front headlight, the report states.
His bike was returned to his residence.
— Daily News staff reports
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