Biker chased after telling driver to stop texting, police say

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:59 p.m.

A motorcyclist who yelled at a man in a truck to stop texting and driving Tuesday soon found himself caught up in a road rage incident with the driver, a report said.

The motorcyclist told an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy that he was riding east on Northwest 23rd Avenue about noon when he noticed a white truck moving erratically. He saw the driver was texting and yelled at him to stop.

The truck driver, later identified as Monty Williams, 49, of 8813 NW 35th Place, began tailgating the motorcyclist, the report said. When he stopped at a traffic light, Williams bumped the truck against the motorcycle’s rear tire and accelerated, pushing the motorcycle forward, the report said. The motorcyclist pulled into a parking lot on Northwest 43rd Street, and Williams followed him and confronted him. The biker said he told Williams, “What? Are you going to hit me because I said something?’’ Williams replied, “No, I’ll kill you,’’ the report said.

Williams pushed the motorcyclist in the shoulder, and workers at a nearby store came out and separated the pair, authorities said. Williams was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery and a misdemeanor charge of battery.

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