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Cyclist arrested in road-rage incident

— A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning after police said he used his bike as a weapon during a confrontation with a motorist.

Brandon Luke Akins, 24, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment. Both are misdemeanors.

Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said the driver of a commercial van accused Akins of cutting him off near U.S. Highway 40 and Curve Court. The driver of the van and one of the passengers exchanged words with Akins. The people then exited the van and continued to argue with Akins, Coyner said.

At that point, Akins is accused of picking up his bike and using it to hit the driver of the van.

"Quite frankly, it's a case where no one acted in a very mature manner," Coyner said. "But you can't pick up your bike and use it as a weapon."

Police arrived on the scene and arrested Akins after the driver of the van showed officers what appeared to be evidence of where he was struck by the bike. The bike was impounded as evidence, Coyner said.

Akins, who doesn't have a listed phone number, was released from Routt County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

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Comments

thecondoguy1 7 years, 4 months ago

this is to bad, bikers and pedestrians are so vulnerable as compared to a motor vehicle we need to protect them, BUT, we need their help, behavior like this is of no help, this is a shame , I am sorry for everybody..............

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dundalk 7 years, 4 months ago

Hmm, perhaps we should now have a reference for bike riders who go bezerk - Spandex Antagonist

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jjlingo 7 years, 4 months ago

It's very unfortunate that this story is so one-sided. The cyclist accused of "third-degree assault and harassment" was not given an opportunity to even press charges against the van driver, after recovering from being physically assaulted.

The cyclist was riding his bike to work when the driver of the van swerved to hit him and began shouting profanities and signaling obscene gestures out of his window. The driver then exited his vehicle, continued to shout profanities and threaten the cyclist. At this point, the driver began to physically attack the cyclist and it should be noted that the cyclist had not even stepped off his bike. Unfortunately, the cyclist did not continue to ride away from the situation, but he was certainly not the aggressor as the article implies.

After being pushed to the ground the cyclist then used his bike for protection. The cyclist suffered severe enough injuries from the driver's attack that police photographed his body for evidence.

I am severely disappointed that the young man on the bike was so unfairly represented in this incident/article. The police and the Steamboat Pilot need to re-examine how they treat and represent civil disobedience cases. Reports should be accurate and fairly portrayed.

At the very least, BOTH parties involved in this incident should have been arrested and given the opportunity to accurately plead their case.

-Concerned Citizens

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 4 months ago

Did the bicyclist have a witness to being cut-off? If so, then the van driver could receive a ticket, I suppose, but I doubt that would be an arrestable offense.

Plus, were you actually the witness in this case? Shouldn't you be giving this very detailed account to the police instead of the paper? If what you say is actually true, I'm surprised the police didn't arrest the other men.

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jjlingo 7 years, 4 months ago

According to the report, the van driver claimed that the cyclist cut him off. As most drivers and cyclists would probably agree, these things happen. While many people are guilty of "road rage", exiting your vehicle and threatening someone in any situation is unreasonable.

To be fair, I did not witness the events that took place. I do know the cyclist and felt compelled to get both sides of the story out there. I think that the cyclist should have ridden away from the situation instead of stopping to react to the driver's aggression. However, I'm not convinced that arrest and charges of 3rd degree assault and harassment were necessary and they certainly don't seem to be fair punishment.

I would also like to know why the cyclist was named in the article while the commercial van driver and the company he represents remained unnamed? It seems very one-sided to me.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 4 months ago

The cyclist was named since he was arrested, as they do with most arrests. Since the other 2 men weren't arrested as far as I can tell, they weren't named. This is normal as far as I know. I also wouldn't consider a 3rd person who didn't witness the incident trying to relate Akin's story as "fair." It's more hearsay than anything at this point. The van driver had a 2nd person there to corroborate the story where Akin may not have.

I'm not saying anyone was right more than the other, but since the report we've all been given to see doesn't say what you do, I'll wait for a more official report.

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Hadleyburg_Press 7 years, 4 months ago

jjlingo, You mentioned "civil disobedience" by the cyclist. This usually implies that the person did not comply with a lawful order. Can you elaborate?

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dundalk 7 years, 4 months ago

hadley: Been meaning to tell you that I like the Hadleyburg reference. Did you take that from Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer?

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