Cyclist charged with felony in ‘bike rage’ incident

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A cyclist, apparently angered by a motorist’s attempt to make a right turn in front of him, is accused of causing more than $1,300 in damages to the vehicle by intentionally striking it with his bike.

Chad O. Braget, 27, of Lakeville, was charged this month with criminal damage to property following the April 30 incident at County Road 42 and Flagstaff Avenue in Apple Valley.

According to the criminal complaint, the driver of a 2013 Toyota Sienna van told police that she had stopped for the traffic light in the right-turn lane of westbound County Road 42 at Flagstaff when she noticed an adult male – later identified as Braget – standing next to his bike on the corner.

As the driver looked left to determine if she could make a right turn onto Flagstaff, she heard a loud noise hit the right side of her vehicle. At that point, Braget screamed “bitch” at her and struck her vehicle with his bike twice, according to her account.

After the driver of the Toyota van called 911, an Apple Valley officer located Braget at County Road 42 and Galaxie Avenue. Braget admitted yelling at the woman, but denied hitting her vehicle with his bike.

But as the officer was speaking with Braget, a vehicle pulled up behind the squad car and the driver told the officer he had witnessed the incident.

The witness confirmed that Braget had yelled at the van’s driver and slammed his bike into the van more than once.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at approximately $1,375, the complaint said. The damages included a dent above the front passenger-side wheel, a broken taillight and scratches on the rear door.

If convicted of the one felony count, Braget faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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