Bicyclist accosted by driver
Delaware State Police have arrested a man after he ran a bicyclist off the road and assaulted him in Lewes.
The incident occurred on Sunday, August 5, at about 11:15 a.m., when troopers responded to the area of Plantations Road, south of Cedar Grove Road, for an assault complaint. A witness advised he had been driving on Plantations Road when he saw a man beating a cyclist with an object and called 911.
The victim, a 50-year-old Milton man, had remained on scene and advised he was riding his bike when a white work truck almost ran him off the road. The subject then drove by him and blew a loud horn next to him, at which point the victim became startled and punched the driver's side window of the truck, not causing any damage.
The operator of the truck stopped his vehicle in the middle of the roadway, got out, grabbed a large wire/cable from the bed of the truck and attempted to strike the victim in the head. The victim was able to block the wire with his forearm, causing him to sustain a laceration. The victim declined medical treatment at the scene.
The operator of the truck fled the scene but was located in the Heritage Village development. Troopers made contact with the driver, 33-year-old Matthew McDavid, who was standing by the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident.
McDavid was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault and unattended motor vehicle. He was later released on $3,001 unsecured bond.