Rallying Motorcyclists Pull Over, Beat Driver of SUV After Encounter on NYC Highway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - New York police say a biker taking part in an unauthorized motorcycle rally last weekend may be paralyzed after being run over by an SUV in a violent confrontation that left another biker and the driver of the SUV with injuries.

The incident began Sunday afternoon as hundreds of motorcycles paraded along Manhattan's West Side Highway. The event took a frightening turn when a group of riders surrounded a man driving with his family in the SUV, then chased the vehicle for miles after he plowed through a blockade of motorcycles.

Parts of the incident were captured by a helmet-mounted video camera worn by one of the bikers. It shows the chase ending after the SUV exited the highway and got stuck in street traffic. One biker can be seen bashing in the driver's window with his helmet. Police say the group then pulled the man out of the SUV and beat him.

Police have filed reckless endangerment charges against the biker accused of instigating the assault and detained a second suspect today, though he has not been charged yet. Police say two more bikers involved in the chase are wanted for assault.

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