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Old 03-01-07, 10:48 AM   #1
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Cyclist arrested for finger bite in Iowa City

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An argument between a driver and bicyclist ended with an assault charge against the bike rider for allegedly biting the finger of the motorist.

Donald Arthur Baxter, 48, of 316 Ridgeview Ave., University Heights, is charged with assault causing bodily injury. Baxter made an initial appearance on the charge Tuesday in Johnson County District Court. He posted bond and was released from jail.

According to Iowa City Police reports:

Baxter was riding his bicycle Jan. 8 on Grand Avenue when a motorist passed him and then stopped. Baxter approached the vehicle and pounded on the window about the driver's speed. The driver, who police declined to identify, exited his car, pointed at Baxter and told him to stop hitting his car. Baxter bit the man's finger, which caused a laceration and required medical treatment at University Hospitals.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Troy Kelsay said there are conflicting accounts of exactly what happened.

"(Baxter's) statement does mention that he perceived the driver of the car to have an ice scraper," Kelsay said. "None of the other parties involved or witnesses that I've recalled seeing in the report mention that."

Kelsay said he did not know the extent of the driver's injury.

"Human bites can be nasty," he said.

Kelsay said he did not anticipate additional charges to be filed and the investigation is closed.

Baxter is a vocal pedestrian and bicyclist rights advocate who wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Press-Citizen on Jan. 7 -- the day before the alleged confrontation. In the piece, Baxter mentions confronting motorists who don't yield to pedestrians.

"Why not remind drivers of their responsibility to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks on campus," Baxter wrote. "I've asked this question, and it remains unanswered."

Kelsay said the Press-Citizen piece was considered by officers during the investigation.

"He actually does talk about confronting people about their behavior, and that is apparently what happened in this particular case," Kelsay said.

Baxter declined comment Wednesday.

"As much as I would love to tell you my side of the story, my attorney recommends that I don't make a statement to the Press-Citizen at this time," Baxter said.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:32 AM   #2
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yeah it would have been cool... till he bit the guy.

that there is gonna get you arrested every time and your not doing "the cause" any good...

that said, i also have a tough time controlling my temper in the face of extreme ignorance.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:45 AM   #3
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Kelsay said he did not know the extent of the driver's injury.

"Mynd you, mse bites Kan be pretty nasti . . . " he said.

Kelsay said he did not anticipate additional charges to be filed and the investigation is closed.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:46 AM   #4
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He shouldn't have been banging on the guy's stopped car to begin with. I've punched / kicked cars on occasion, as a stiff arm type move to announce my presence (i don't have a horn) and avoid be run off the road, but starting confrontations at stop lights is just asking for trouble.
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Old 03-01-07, 11:57 AM   #5
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That finger must have came pretty close to the guys face for him to bite it...
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Old 03-01-07, 12:05 PM   #6
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That's how you express your anger? You BITE the guy? What are you, two? What adult puts another person's finger in his own mouth?*


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Old 03-01-07, 12:23 PM   #7
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That finger must have came pretty close to the guys face for him to bite it...
Yeah, but that's still not good.

Yet, despite my fellow cyclist's lapse I share his concern and his motivation. We all want to live another day and this cyclist obviously felt threatened.
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Old 03-01-07, 12:28 PM   #8
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Old 03-01-07, 03:58 PM   #9
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Old 03-01-07, 04:06 PM   #10
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If the guy was close enough to get his finger into the other guys mouth, I would say that is self defense !

Why did the guy stop and get out of his car? Where I live, that is considered road rage !!!

Another charge to the driver.
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Old 03-01-07, 05:05 PM   #12
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Old 03-01-07, 05:22 PM   #13
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This is just too crazy. I can't believe it. It makes no sense at all. Is it really possible for someone to post a biking in Iowa article before N_C?
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Old 03-01-07, 05:43 PM   #14
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That's how you express your anger? You BITE the guy? What are you, two? What adult puts another person's finger in his own mouth?*
Seriously, how does that even work?
The finger's there so you take a nibble, then keep gnawing?
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Old 03-01-07, 06:18 PM   #15
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What adult puts another person's finger in his own mouth?
The story was rather vague on the point of which of the two put the driver's finger in the bicyclist's mouth.

If someone put their finger in my mouth against my consent, I would bite. See how this story can spin? The article is written without any primary sources. As is usual with the media, they print the story that they are spoon fed without any further investigation. The police generally spin the story towards the person who files the report. If the bicyclist had called the police, this story might have run: "Driver sustained injuries when he rammed his finger into cyclist's unwilling mouth cavity, poking aggressively at the cyclist's molars, ironically lacerating his own finger in the process."
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Old 03-01-07, 06:43 PM   #16
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Makes all of us seem even more ackward than we'd like to be.
If it came down to that, it's all about "gangsta" style, curb-stomping, fist-pound romp.
I would actually pay real money to see that happen on the street.
A cyclist hooking and upper-cutting the $h!t out of an erratic driver.
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Old 03-01-07, 07:09 PM   #17
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Jack bauer chewed into, ripped out a guy's jugular, and killed him, all while he was tied down to an interrogation seat. Clearly this man is no jack bauer, clearly.
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this thread is in a downward spiral........let's watch!
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The story was rather vague on the point of which of the two put the driver's finger in the bicyclist's mouth.

If someone put their finger in my mouth against my consent, I would bite.

Quite true. But the only time I have ever seen this occur is in a Sam Shepard play.
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If the driver stuck the finger in the cyclists mouth...I could see biting, perhaps. I have a feeling the driver didn't, just because I don't picture anyone, as a primary form of intimidation, sticking their finger in someone's mouth.

I could be wrong...

Otherwise; biting? In a child beyond a certain number of years, that's a sign of some very severe issues.
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Yeah, the more I think about it, the stranger this story gets. It's not so easy biting someone's finger if they don't want you to bite it. Try it out. Have a volunteer hold their pointing finger straight out and them move it around a bit. You know, bob and weave. No, not tuck and run... bob and weave, jeeze. Then try and bite it without using your hands to hold their arm still. Very difficult thing to do. Had to be one really lucky chomp or the guy is some sort of Zen master.
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Old 03-02-07, 01:53 AM   #22
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Seems I recall a case in Calif. an aids infected patient bit a person. The person was investigated for attempted murder. Could be, doubt that's an urban legend.
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Otherwise; biting? In a child beyond a certain number of years, that's a sign of some very severe issues.
I don't know . . . I get pretty hungry on a long bike ride.
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Seriously, how does that even work?
The finger's there so you take a nibble, then keep gnawing?
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