2 felonies for cy­clist in at­tack on driver

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Evan Ser­noff­sky

A rag­ing cy­clist who at­tacked a woman’s car with a metal lock last year dur­ing a Crit­i­cal Mass bike ride in San Fran­cisco pleaded guilty to two felony charges, prose­cu­tors said Mon­day.

Ian He­spelt, 39, pleaded guilty to as­sault with a deadly weapon and van­dal­ism charges Fri­day in San Fran­cisco Su­pe­rior Court for the Aug. 28 at­tack on a Zip­car driver who was caught amid a group of cy­clists on Ma­rina Boule­vard near Lyon Street.

Prose­cu­tors did not pur­sue two ad­di­tional charges of ma­li­ciously throw­ing a sub­stance at a ve­hi­cle and false im­pris­on­ment that He­spelt was ini­tially charged with.

He­spelt’s at­tor­ney, Justin Good­win, said his client wanted “to take re­spon­si­bil­ity” for his role in the episode.

“This is a plea agree­ment that we came to af­ter pretty ex­ten­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween my­self, the district

at­tor­ney’s of­fice and the court,” Good­win said Mon­day.

He­spelt, he said, has al­ready paid resti­tu­tion for the prop­erty dam­age, and in lieu of jail time, he agreed to pro­ba­tion cou­pled with at­tend­ing an anger man­age­ment pro­gram.

The at­tack that was cap­tured on video and widely seen on­line shows He­spelt bash­ing the Subaru driver’s side win­dow with his metal U-lock.

The episode started when He­spelt and other cy­clists blocked the uniden­ti­fied woman’s sta­tion wagon in the mid­dle of the street. When she tried to back up and drive off, He­spelt hurled his bike in front of her mov­ing car as other cy­clists shouted at her.

Fi­nally, as the woman drove away, He­spelt be­gan land­ing a bar­rage of blows on her car, even­tu­ally shat­ter­ing her win­dow.

Po­lice later ar­rested the un­mis­tak­able sus­pect with a swirling han­dle­bar mus­tache on Sept. 5 as he rode near AT&T Park dur­ing a Billy Joel con­cert. He was re­leased af­ter post­ing $90,000 bond, an amount a San Fran­cisco judge low­ered from $145,000.

Of­fi­cials es­ti­mated He­spelt did roughly $1,400 in dam­age to the car he at­tacked be­fore the fright­ened woman be­hind the wheel sped off with her dog cow­er­ing in the back­seat.

San Fran­cisco District At­tor­ney Ge­orge Gascón had sharp words for He­spelt in the days af­ter the at­tack, say­ing he showed “de­spi­ca­ble be­hav­ior.”

He­spelt is due in court on July 25 for sen­tenc­ing.

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