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Suspect in Road Rage Incident Against Bicyclist Arraigned

A 51-year-old Eastpointe resident was arraigned Friday for allegedly attacking a bicyclist on Harper.

A 51-year-old Eastpointe man accused of attacking a bicyclist on Harper Avenue was arraigned Friday in on one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault.

Craig Dunn is alleged to have attacked a bicyclist Thursday morning, striking him and causing three hairline fractures in the sinus cavity and knocking loose some of his teeth.

According to St. Clair Shores police, a 49-year-old Grosse Pointe man was riding southbound on Harper as he completed a 30-mile ride from Lake St. Clair Metropark.

Dunn is alleged to have driven behind the bicyclist south of 12 Mile, and blasted his horn and almost hit him, according to St. Clair Shores detective Margaret Eidt. The men "exchanged unpleasantries," she said.

He then pulled into a driveway, exited his vehicle, ran to the bicyclist and punched him in the head and face. He then fled the scene but was later arrested by St. Clair Shores police.

The victim was treated at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, and will need additional medical attention, according to Eidt.

Dunn was arraigned Friday before Magistrate Mark Metry, and a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.

"It was quite brutal," said Eidt, during Dunn's arraignment. "It was uncalled for ... the gentleman was riding his bicycle and was attacked."

Metry set bond at $5,000, or 10 percent, which Dunn posted.

Anthony J August 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree with Todd when he notes how many cyclists don't obey street laws. If you are going to ride in street, then you are subject to same laws as motorists. Want respect? Earn it! Would love to see law enforcement cite a biker for running a stop sign or making an illegal turn. Not condoning what happened on Harper Ave. bail should have been much higher.
Mary Blumreich August 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I don't question the legal rights of people to ride bikes on the streets. I used to ride back in the day. I question the sanity of it. Even writing about the subject is dangerous. While my attention was on the keyboard, one of my Schnauzers swiped my grilled cheese sandwich off the table. Since a biker will inevitably receive the short end of the stick in an encounter with a car the onus is on said biker to be more wary, more observant of traffic laws and more willing to "give over" even when giving over violates their sense of "rights." Smart, safe and polite riding will protect bikers from the "bully" motorists with whom they share the roads.
Mary August 30, 2012 at 11:35 PM
What does this have to do with the story? The man on the bike was doing something legal and was hospitalized for it. How many drivers run stop lights and stop signs? I ride a bike and try to be respectful but many people in this area do not want bikes in the road period. They think they have a right to drive as close as possible to you without realizing that they could kill you, they honk the horn at you even it you stop at lights and ride as far the right as possible. I have had things thrown at me for doing nothing but riding legally and respectfully believe it or not. The road rage is getting worse and worse.
Todd September 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Bully motorists? LOL. Uh, Ok, so bikes are not accountable for their behavior. Got it. I doubt that will help people be safer. But I promise if bikes stopped running red lights, stop signs, and taking over entire lanes without yielding to faster traffic there could be a practical discussion about those few "evil" motorists. In the mean time your argument is ridiculous. Rules only apply to the other guy? Wow.
Mary Blumreich September 08, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Todd you missed the entire point of my comment. The word bullies in my remark is enclosed in quotation marks...don't you know what that means? If not, I can't help you. How silly of you to deduce that I think rules only apply to motorists and not to bikers; my entire point was that bikers should be more vigilant and adherent to traffic rules since they are most likely to get creamed in an encounter with a motorized vehicle. Nowhere did I suggest that bikes are not accountable for their behavior. Reading comprehension is obviously not your strong suit.

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