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Got hit by a Gatorade bottle

Old 08-08-08, 06:07 PM
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Got hit by a Gatorade bottle

Some of you remember me posting about going to court regarding the guy who threw the Gatorade bottle at me.
Well, ...the state couldn't meet the burden on the class 1 assault because I didn't sustain significant injury and the state didn't amend the officers initial charge...so, I got f-ed and the thug got off.
Because I didn't suffer significant damage to my bike, the criminal damage was dismissed...so, I got f-ed and the thug got off.
Criminal littering, Guilty and the the judge fined him $750. I feel ok about that.
The defense wanted the judge to drop everything because she felt my testimony wasn't credible and suggested I didn't know who threw the bottle or where it came from and that I was involved in a confrontation with the driver.
The judge said my testimony was compelling and very credible and that I did infact ID the D-head (ok, she didn't call him that).

So...some justice was served.
It's a shame, that someone can throw a bottle at a cyclist and this is what happens to them.
Makes me think next time...hmmm, should I just ambush this punk and serve out my own justice...no, not a chance, not worth losing my freedom for a useless oxygen thief f-stick.
Move forward, it's over.
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Old 08-08-08, 06:18 PM
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Brake lines are there for a reason..

And defense attorneys always think that your testimony isn't credible.
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Old 08-08-08, 06:21 PM
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Old 08-08-08, 06:25 PM
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Glad to hear he got something. Probably didn't expect to be out $750 + legal fees when he decided to be a *****hole. Way to go for taking him to court.
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Old 08-08-08, 06:37 PM
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Some people are a-holes, not worth losing any sleep over.
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at least it wasn't filled with pee... or was it?
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$750 and the guy having it on his record isn't "nothing". It's enough to hopefully get him to think twice before being a prick again but if it's really eating you all I'll say is "aircraft stripper". Draw your own conclusions.
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The guy throws a bottle at you and he gets a ticket for littering? WTF?!
i don't like that at all.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
The guy throws a bottle at you and he gets a ticket for littering? WTF?!
i don't like that at all.
Of course you don't like it, because it's fundamentally flawed. Littering is punished and assaulting a cyclist is almost.... rewarded.
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Old 08-08-08, 07:31 PM
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Isn't there something you could have charged him with such as 'intent to cause harm'? I'm sure he would have felt felt a lot better had you fallen off your bike or the bottle lodged itself in your wheels causing you to fall and destroy your bike. They have intent to murder right? Why not this?
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Originally Posted by 2WheelFury View Post
$750 and the guy having it on his record isn't "nothing". It's enough to hopefully get him to think twice before being a prick again but if it's really eating you all I'll say is "aircraft stripper". Draw your own conclusions.
MEK? Like I said, it's over, I'm letting it go and moving forward. I'm riding tomorrow.


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Isn't there something you could have charged him with such as 'intent to cause harm'? I'm sure he would have felt felt a lot better had you fallen off your bike or the bottle lodged itself in your wheels causing you to fall and destroy your bike. They have intent to murder right? Why not this?
I asked the judge for the death penalty, she didn't feel like I met the burden of proof.

People like him will continue to be useless and eventually get what's comin...

IF, you ever see this happen to anyone, get involved, step up, be a witness. The thought that thugs are winning the ever increasing criminal activity movement/fight is killing me.
There is no place on this planet for oxygen thieves.
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What kind of idiot throws a Gatorade bottle?

Real men throw beer cans and glass bottles.

Glad you at least cost him a few cases of Gatorade in fines and court costs. Not to mention his time in court.

I'd like to see states pass specific harassment legislation against drivers who harass cyclists verbally, physically or in a threatening manner with a vehicle. Like road rage legislation. Was there any kind of law like that this guy could have been prosecuted with in your state?
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Well, there was some justice, the guy was dragged to court when he would be otherwise be home smokin up, plus is short $750, probably 1 month's worth of unemployment. Littering, eh, not the same as assault, but hard to be proven I guess. The burden of truth is on the court, and they couldn't produce enough to quell any doubts raised by the defense. Without knowing the specifics, sounds like a fair outcome considering the cirumstances.

I'd rather see a guilty man go with a slap on a wrist than an innocent man go down with a full punishment.
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Old 08-08-08, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
What kind of idiot throws a Gatorade bottle?

Real men throw beer cans and glass bottles.
Or Big Gulps, as was thrown at me once. Fat pasty kid missed though.
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Old 08-09-08, 12:37 AM
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You did the right thing. That bottle-hurler will think twice the next time.
Hopefully a lesson was learned.
There are way too many a-holes in the world.
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Originally Posted by ShadowGray View Post
Brake lines are there for a reason..

And defense attorneys always say that your testimony isn't credible.
Fixed.

In other words, they lie in open court.
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Old 08-09-08, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by crash66 View Post
Fixed.

In other words, they lie in open court.
Defense attorney's lie for a living. It starts when they say "My client is not guilty".
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