BOULDER - Boulder police say a man who refused a simple request after violating Pearl Street's no-bike rule is now facing felony assault charges on an officer.
Police say 49-year-old Douglas James Peck and another man were riding their bikes on the pedestrian mall Thursday night. No bikes are allowed on the mall.
Boulder Police Officer Dan Bergh stopped the two men and asked to see their ID's. Police say Peck started swearing at the officer.
Officer Bergh asked the two men to sit down and take their hands out of their pockets. Police say Peck refused. Officer Bergh then took Peck by the arm and tried to sit him down. That's when police say Peck shoved and hit the officer.
Officer Bergh struck Peck two times with his baton with no effect. Peck was also pepper sprayed twice, but according to police, Peck charged the officer and took him to the ground.
During the scuffle, an unknown man appeared and grabbed Peck and tossed him off the officer.
According to police, Peck turned to the man and asked him "who the f--- are you?" The man replied, "I'm the one who is helping this police officer."
Peck was eventually placed into custody with the help of other officers and another blast of pepper spray. Both the suspect and officer were treated at an area hospital for minor injuries.
Peck told officers he was biking on the mall looking for a pizza. Peck said he knew bikes weren't allowed but felt that his actions were justified. Police say Peck admitted "I wanted to get him" when he continued to fight with the officer.
According to police, officers found a marijuana pipe and travel cup containing alcohol on his bike.
Peck is facing charges of second-degree assault, obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, consuming alcohol in public and riding bike where prohibited.
Boulder police would like help from the public in identifying the Good Samaritan who helped Officer Bergh.
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