FARGO - For want of a bicycle light, a man is now facing a felony terrorizing charge after reportedly leading police on a chase that ended when officers tackled the man off the bike he was fleeing on.
An officer on patrol Wednesday, Aug. 29, noticed a man riding a bicycle without a light, which is required after dark, according to Cass County District Court documents.
The officer drove past the man and ordered him to stop, but instead the man began pedaling faster and shouted an obscenity at the officer, court documents said.
The officer then activated his lights and siren, and pulled alongside the man on the bike, who began to pedal as fast as he could before running a red light at Main Avenue and 25th Street South, court documents said.
Several police cars were in the area and those cars, too, activated their emergency lights as they joined the chase. Officers ultimately tackled the man off the bike and placed him in handcuffs, court documents said.
The suspect, identified in court documents as David Teh Doe, 23, no address available, began to swear loudly and threatened to assault officers, court documents said. Threatening one officer in particular, Doe said he would find him, his wife and other relatives, according to court documents.
Doe was being held in the Cass County Jail on Friday, Aug. 31, on a felony charge of terrorizing, and a misdemeanor charge of refusal to halt. Court records say he is representing himself in court.
Bike infractions have been in the news lately, with Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn calling for increased fines associated with bicycle violations.