and scratched car spark Portland biker-car rider brawl
The latest bike fight ends
with a citation, an arrest and a head bashed with a bike lock
The Oregonian, Saturday, July 19, 2008
By Maxine Bernstein
A bike courier on his way home from work got into a scuffle Tuesday
night with a car passenger who yelled at him for not wearing a helmet.
The North Portland confrontation, the third bizarre road rage conflict
in recent weeks, occurred about 6:30 p.m. It ended with police citing
the bicyclist on criminal mischief, and arresting the passenger, who
works for the downtown Bike Gallery, on a second-degree assault
According to police and witnesses, Adam Lewis Leckie, 23, was riding
his bike north on North Mississippi Avenue when Patrick McNeil
Schrepping, 30, shouted: "Wear your helmet!" from a car heading south.
Schrepping told police he was in a car borrowed from a friend. While
parking along the street, he said Leckie rode past, scratching the
length of the driver's door with a key.
Schrepping and a friend stopped to eat at a nearby restaurant. About 10
minutes later, they spotted Leckie riding by again.
Schrepping told police he stepped into the street to stop the
bicyclist. Leckie said Schrepping yelled at him, and they got into a
fight. Witnesses saw the men punching each other.
At one point, Leckie's bike lock fell. Schrepping told police Leckie
grabbed for it, but he got it first and hit Leckie in the head.
The men were wrestling for the lock when witness Justin Wheeler, 34,
stepped in to break up the fight. Soon police arrived.
Leckie suffered about a 1-inch gash in the back of his head. Paramedics
suggested he get stitches, but he declined to go to a hospital.
Leckie, who has described himself on an Internet profile as a "bike
punk" (which he called outdated), said Friday that he regretted his
actions. He said he usually wears a helmet but had taken it off that
hot night to cool down.
"I had a bad day and lost my temper," Leckie said. "That was definitely
a poor decision."
But he said he didn't damage the car much and didn't deserve what he
Schrepping did not return messages seeking comment.