Crime, Fire + Courts

Police arrest bicyclist in bizarre collision

By February 10, 2011

Car-versus-bike collisions are a frequent occurrence in Davis. But few have been quite like this.

Authorities say a man tossed $40 at a motorist after he hit her car Tuesday evening, fled and returned to the scene, then danced atop a concrete wall as he refused medical aid. Eventually, 26-year-old Robert David Schaerges ended up at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest.

Police and fire department reports gave the following account:

Shortly before 6 p.m., the driver of a Toyota Prius was heading westbound on Russell Boulevard near Arthur Street when a bicyclist hit the driver’s side of the car, damaging the rear-view mirror.

The bicyclist — later identified as Schaerges — apologized and threw $40 at the driver, indicating he was in a hurry to get somewhere.

“He said he had to go buy some weed,” Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said, quoting a fire crew’s report.

Schaerges biked away from the scene as emergency personnel approached, but later returned. He was still apologetic.

“He said he was sorry and wanted to pay for whatever damage he might have caused,” George said. At one point, he reportedly began dancing atop a nearby concrete wall while refusing medical aid for minor injuries he sustained in the collision.

When firefighters asked him to come down from the wall and sign a medical waiver form, Schaerges reportedly refused that as well, saying, “My word is better than my signature,” according to the fire crew’s report.

Police said Schaerges then tried leaving the scene, twice ignoring officers’ orders to stop, Davis police Cpl. James MacNiven said. He was physically detained, arrested on suspicion of resisting officers and lodged at the Yolo County Jail.

Arresting officers found 31.4 grams of marijuana on Schaerges, who produced a medical marijuana card and likely won’t be charged with possessing the drug, MacNiven said.

However, a hit-and-run charge may be added upon further review, MacNiven said.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Comment on this story at www.davisenterprise.com

Lauren Keene

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