Police: Man struck bicyclist after altercation in Penn Twp.
An altercation led to a motorist striking a bicyclist with his car in Penn Township, according to police.
Penn Township Police say Travis Duane Nelson, 30, and the cyclist, 22, of Hanover, had stopped and had a "verbal altercation." When the cyclist tried to leave, Nelson drove his 2011 Mazda CX-7 and struck the cyclist, court documents allege. The cyclist's injuries were not life threatening.
Nelson, of 878½ York St., Penn Township, is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, attempted simple assault and reckless driving.
Police say Nelson was unhappy with the way the cyclist was riding on the road.
Alleged incident: Nelson and the cyclist were headed in the same direction in the 600 block of West Granger Street about 1:30 p.m. June 13, according to police.
Penn Township Police Chief Jim Laughlin said Nelson was unhappy with the way the bicyclist was riding, and the two had stopped. When the cyclist tried to leave, Nelson allegedly struck the bike with his car, police said.
The chief said the cyclist flew off the bike and onto the side of the road, and Nelson then dragged the bike underneath his car.
According to court documents, Nelson dragged the bike under his car for "several blocks" before stopping at the intersection of West Granger Street and Westminster Avenue, where he removed the bike, threw it to the side and continued traveling.
Nelson: On June 16, police were able to track down Nelson through his vehicle, documents state.
Police spoke with him at his residence, and he admitted to hitting a bicycle, which caused damage to his car, police said.
Nelson had his car repaired, but police say he did not contact police regarding the incident.
Nelson was arraigned on the charges June 16, and District Judge Dwayne Dubs set bail at $10,000 unsecured, meaning if Nelson does not show up for court proceedings, he could forfeit up to that amount.
Nelson could not be reached for comment, and it is unclear if he has an attorney.
Nelson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday at District Judge James Miner's office.
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