In all the stories I’ve seen to date that involve a motorcycle gang being attacked for no reason by one guy with a pool cue, stories that so far I’ve only seen in my mind, the bulk of the injuries are inflicted by the gang. I guess this story just proves that things don’t always come out the way you expect.
Police said that Richard Brooks of Concord, California, was driving east on Highway 4 yesterday morning when he spotted a group of motorcycle riders, "many of whom were wearing Harley-Davidson attire, including leather and skullcaps," according to the police spokesman. Brooks did exactly what you would expect: attacked them. Witnesses said that Brooks became enraged, waved a pool cue at the bikers and swerved toward them. At least two of the bikers pulled off the highway, and Brooks then stopped his car and went after them with his pool cue.
Brooks did not have a chance to get his ass kicked, however, because he was immediately hit by his own car, which he had left in reverse gear.
Not only did the bikers not take advantage of this, they actually pulled Brooks out of danger after the own-car impact sent him sprawling into traffic. Police said they did believe that the intended victims kept calm and did not retaliate against Brooks. "We don’t believe they went to fisticuffs with him," said the officer, leaving open the possibility that they did slap him around a bit to get a little sense into him. Brooks was taken to a hospital and treated for minor cuts and scratches. Police said he was likely to face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and (this will surprise you) drunken driving.
Police spokesman Officer Scott Yox commented, "Highway violence — we absolutely do not condone that," thus clearing up a long-standing question as to whether the California Highway Patrol condones highway violence or not. "We want to make certain that folks aren’t encouraged [to conduct solo attacks on biker gangs with a pool cue] or think they can go ahead with stuff like that." Lowering the Bar passes on this information as a public service.
Link: SF Chronicle