An undercover New York City police detective has been charged in relation to a filmed road rage battle between a four-wheel-drive owner and a group of motorcyclists that went viral on the internet.
Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, has been charged with gang assault and assault, the New York Times reports, for his alleged role in an attack on Alexian Lien, 33, who was beaten by a group of riders after a wild chase on September 29.
A dramatic online video of the incident, captured Mr Lien running over at least one of the riders who were travelling slowly in a large group on a Manhattan highway. The four-wheel-drive sped away from the accident, prompting a dogged pursuit of the black Range Rover, in which Mr Lien's wife and two-year-old daughter were also travelling.
The motorcyclists managed to intercept the four-wheel-drive and Mr Lien was allegedly pulled out of the vehicle and beaten while one rider used his helmet to smash the front passenger window.
In a twist, one of the motorcyclists was allegedly the off-duty detective, whose secret police work has led a judge to ban any publication of his image.
Seven motorcyclists have been arrested in relation to the assault that received widespread attention in the United States.
The rider struck by Mr Lien's vehicle, Edwin Mieses Junior, suffered serious injuries. Mr Lien has not been charged with any offences.
with New York Times