UPDATE: Cager booked into jail after road rage against biker is caught on camera
PALM COAST, Fla. (BIKER DAD)– A biker and a cager came to blows in a Florida neighborhood and it was all caught on camera.
Police say the man in the pickup truck was to blame for what happened. Now William Markert is facing battery charges. The video that surfaced proved the biker’s story that the driver was to blame for what happened. You can watch it all in the video player above.
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The man in the pickup got angry because of the biker’s speed, according to a post on the sheriff’s Facebook Page. The rider parked his bike, then Markert got out of his truck. That’s when things took a twist. He forgot to put the truck in park and it started rolling. He ran and stopped the truck and came back and started pushing the rider around.
The camera loses the action for a moment, but comes back to show the much smaller biker on top of the driver. When police got there, they saw the biker had visible wounds from the battle, redness and bruising.
The video cleared the biker. “Incidents like this are easily avoidable by not losing your temper,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Taking action yourself does not stop drivers from driving badly but often escalates the situation. Road rage often leads to crashes, battery, aggravated assaults, and arrests. I’m glad this situation didn’t escalate to anything worse. If you see someone doing something illegal on the road or driving in an unsafe matter, don’t take it upon yourself to correct the situation, call us and we will take care of it. Don’t engage in road rage!”
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Chris Best is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. He’s a husband and father of four. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.