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Driver hurt during altercation involving 40 motorcyclists

Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 10:53:29-04

A valley man says he was terrorized by motorcycle riders and police tell 13 Action News he was injured in the attack. It all went down Saturday morning at the intersection of Blue Diamond Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Police say there were almost 40 motorcycle riders riding together on Sunday. The victim, who doesn't want to be named, was able to capture some of the incident on camera.

"I didn't quite understand why they were trying to dominate the road," he says.

The video shows the motorcycle riders occupying all four lanes of the road. Eventually, a lane opens for cars to pass until one rider cuts in. That's when the victim jumps ahead regaining his original spot in traffic.

"I definitely saw them playing the speed games as far as speeding up and slowing down around other vehicles,” he says. "One of the guys drove over next to me and smacked the top of my car."

The driver says he then sped up to escape fearing that the motorcycle riders would get more aggressive.

What isn't captured on camera is when things became physically violent at a stoplight. Police say one of the riders punched the driver in the face.

"They all started to dismount their vehicle,” says the driver. “I opened the window. I asked them what was going on and at that point in time I was struck twice."

When police arrived, they managed to stop the chaos and detain one rider before the rest dispersed. The rider was cited for throwing a bottle before being released.

13 Action News reached out the group of motorcyclist, but no one was willing to give a statement on camera.