A driver accused of purposely crashing his car into a motorcycle, knocking its two riders onto the road, in an act of road rage is scheduled to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in a Coronado courthouse today.
According to accident reports from the California Highway Patrol, 24 year old Phillip Michael Eggers entered into a dispute with a motorcyclist while driving down the westbound side of the Coronado Bridge over San Diego Bay at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. As he and the rider exchanged heated words and lewd gestures, Eggers allegedly swerved his blue BMW M3 sports car into the motorcycle, sending both riders on board tumbling onto the ground, where they suffered various broken bones. They were rushed to UCSD Medical Center, where they are expected to make a full recovery.
Eggers then continued onward, pursued by an off-duty officer from the San Diego Police Department who witnessed the entire event. He was successfully stopped on nearby Glorietta Boulevard, where the now-on-duty officer made himself known with his gun drawn. According to SD Police Lieutenant Paul Rorrison, “The suspect first started to get out of the car, but he saw that the officer was identifying himself and had him at gunpoint, so he stayed in the car.”
A woman and a young boy were also onboard the BMW at the time of the accident, though they claimed to know nothing of the incident. “Honestly, I have pneumonia,” said the woman. “I have no idea what’s going on. I didn’t see anything. I was on my phone.”
Eggers was then arrested by the off-then-on-duty officer and booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail until his arraignment is completed. If convicted, he is likely to face a significant punishment, including a hefty fine, probation, and potential jail time.
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