Video shows road rage fight between driver and motorcyclist, Flager MPs say
PALM COAST – A 69-year-old man was arrested Thursday after attacking a motorcyclist near the intersection of Pony Express Drive and Ponce De Leon Drive in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
MPs arrested William Markert following the brawl on a simple battery charge.
Investigators said they were called in about the fight just before 11 a.m. and learned that a man on an orange sports bike had just left the scene.
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A deputy spotted the bike near the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Ponce Deleon Drive and stopped the cyclist, according to records. The deputy said he could see redness and bruising on the motorcyclist’s face as soon as the man took off his helmet.
According to the arrest report, the man said the brawl started as he drove along Ponce De Leon Drive and accelerated past a van driving in the opposite direction.
The man told the deputy that the driver of the van, Markert, put his arms out the window and motioned for the motorcyclist to slow down. According to the report, the man said he stopped behind the truck and Markert jumped without putting the van in the park.
Around this time, a witness started recording the scene on his cell phone. The video shows Markert chasing his truck as he drives down the road, Markert is finally able to take control of the truck, then immediately emerges and begins to walk towards the motorcyclist.
The horseman said Markert pushed him at least three times before deciding to retaliate, according to the arrest report. The video appears to confirm this claim. It also shows the two men brawling in the grass near the road, but then cuts each other.
When MPs tracked down Markert, records show he claimed he was acting in self-defense. Investigators said the video showed him to be the assailant and that he was arrested.
“Incidents like this are easily preventable by not losing your temper,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a press release. “Taking action yourself does not prevent drivers from driving badly, but often makes the situation worse. Road rage often results in accidents, bodily harm, serious assaults and arrests. I’m glad this situation didn’t escalate into anything worse. If you see someone doing something illegal on the road or driving in an unsafe situation, don’t take it upon yourself to correct the situation, call us and we’ll take care of it. Don’t get into road rage!
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