Bikers' dispute ends with motorcycle vandalized, man arrested in Sebastian

SEBASTIAN, Fla. - A disagreement among motorcyclists at a bar led to a chase on U.S. 1 during which a gun was pointed, and a confrontation in a parking lot Sunday night.

In the parking lot, a male biker allegedly was kicked in the chest and his motorcycle vandalized, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit did not give the biker’s age or indicate whether he was a minor.

When police arrived afterward, they found the biker walking along U.S. 1 yelling.

That led to the arrest of 43-year-old Sebastian resident Jason Fowles, of the 900 block of Schumann Drive, on Sunday night on charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief and battery. He has since bailed out of jail.

The incident began, according to the police report, with a bartender at Earl’s Hideaway Lounge refusing to serve the male because a group of bikers there didn’t like him.

The report quotes the biker as saying he revved his motorcycle and drove off, but Fowles said the man almost ran over him in the bar parking lot. Fowles and a companion followed, heading north on U.S. 1.

The biker being followed suddenly slammed on his brakes in an attempt to drop back behind the other two. One drove by but the other pulled alongside and allegedly pointed a handgun.

The biker then veered into a parking lot and was confronted by a man he described as heavy set with a goatee who kicked him, the report states. Finally, he got away and ran into some bushes.

A witness heard the yelling and what sounded like a baseball bat hitting something. When the male returned, he found about $3,000 in damage to his motorcycle from a bashed-in gas tank, side mirrors, taillight and headlight, according to report.

An officer found Fowles back at the bar on Indian River Drive. The officer quoted him as saying he kicked the bike, but didn’t damage it and denied pointing a gun. A search of Fowles found a holster pistol and a revolver in a pocket of his leather vest.

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