From this morning's Oregonian...
So, some bikers walk into the Nocturnal's basement bar on a recent Wednesday night. They barely get settled with their brews before someone picks a fight.
Beer bottles, tables, fists and plastic foam helmets fly. Fortunately, the only chains in the vicinity are attached to the pedal cranks outside the Buckman neighborhood club.
Biker brawl, Portland style: Ten pub-crawling bicyclists versus the tipsy motorist -- whose car tires they had deflated -- along with a few of his drinking buddies.
The bicyclists say they were just trying to stop a drunk driver from killing someone.
Apparently, the altercation got going earlier in the evening at the Sunnyside neighborhood's Triple Nickel pub, where the group noticed the driver of a car parked outside was acting intoxicated.
One of them confronted the wobbly driver, suggesting he catch a cab home. When he refused, the bikers emptied their glasses, walked out, let the air out of the man's tires, and rode off.
It's still unknown how the driver and five of his friends tracked down the 10 bicyclists at the Nocturnal, but they did.
After a five-minute rumble, a biker and a bartender -- who tried to break up the fight -- needed stitches. The driver and his friends fled into the night. The police were on the way.
No arrests were made, but police officials don't exactly condone flattening tires when a drunk insists on driving. Calling 9-1-1 is usually best, they say.
"When you take on someone who is potentially intoxicated," says Sgt. Cheryl Robinson, a police spokeswoman, "you don't know what their behavior is going to be."