A man who was involved in the initial accident that erupted into an attack on a New York City motorist was in police custody Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
Christopher Cruz, 28, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. He was not injured in the accident.
The incident started Sunday as Alexian Lien, 33, was riding with his family along a New York City highway and accidentally bumped into Cruz’ motorcycle when the bike cut him off and slowed down in front of him. After the two pulled over, a confrontation began and about 20 to 30 bikers began to surround them. One of Lien’s tires were slashed and he was pulled out of the vehicle and attacked. He jumped back in the SUV and the bikers allegedly chased him for 50 blocks.
Police said another biker suffered broken legs after the Lien’s vehicle ran over him. Although police believe the conflict arose from reckless driving on Lien’s part, he was not charged with any crime. He was treated at a nearby hospital for cuts on his face. His wife and child were uninjured.