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No charges after driver runs over motorcycles in road rage incident

A driver is not pressing charges after a road rage incident in south Columbia.

Columbia police say it started Wednesday Night just before 9:30 near Nifong and Providence Road.

Police say a person called and reported being chased by four male subjects on motorcycles to a residence in the 2900 block of Old 63 South.

Moments later officers were advised of a different caller reporting an assault related to a road rage incident.

Police say the investigation revealed a vehicle was driving near the intersection of College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard behind four subjects on motorcycles. The driver of the vehicle made a wide left turn and became close to one of the motorcycles.

The driver then apparently drove past the motorcycles and the motorcycles followed the driver to a parking lot in the 2900 block of Old 63 South. Once parked in the garage, the four motorcycles apparently approached the vehicle and blocked the vehicle in the space.

Police say a driver of one of the motorcycles approached the driver’s side window, which was partially rolled down, and started shaking the window. They say the biker then struck the left side view mirror of the vehicle causing it to break.

Police tell us the driver of the vehicle tried to call friends for help, but was not able to reach anyone. The driver reported being outnumbered and scared.

Police say that caused the driver of the vehicle to flee the scene. In doing so, the vehicle driver struck two of the motorcycles that were blocking his path.

A driver of one of the motorcycles was still on the motorcycle when the vehicle struck it. Police say the biker suffered lacerations to his knee and refused medical attention.

Officers determined the driver of the vehicle was in a state of fear due to motorcyclist’s behavior. They say the driver of the vehicle’s only escape path was obstructed and say the damage to the motorcycle and the biker’s injury would not have happened if the four bikers did not initiate a confrontation.

The driver of the vehicle declined to press charges and the case is now closed.

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