Biker charged after allegedly throwing 4-pound bar at car window on I-90

2013-07-23T16:43:00Z 2013-07-24T15:00:08Z Biker charged after allegedly throwing 4-pound bar at car window on I-90By GREG TUTTLE gtuttle@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County prosecutors say a member of a Colorado motorcycle club threw a four-pound metal bar at the driver’s side window of a vehicle on Interstate 90, smashing the glass and injuring two people.

Todd Charles Schisler, 44, appeared Tuesday in Justice Court by video from the county jail on a felony charge of criminal endangerment. His bond was set at $5,000.

A prosecutor said Schisler has no significant criminal history.

According to court records, Schisler was among a group of motorcyclists who were stopped Monday at about 12:30 p.m. by three Montana Highway Patrol troopers and a county sheriff’s deputy.

The officers stopped the motorcyclists after receiving a report of reckless driving on Interstate 90. The group appeared to be members of the Valiants motorcycle club, court records state.

The alleged victim, identified in court records as J.V., reported that the motorcyclists were driving “extremely aggressively” on Highway 212, “passing in no-passing zones and driving in the oncoming lane as if playing chicken with other drivers,” court records state.

J.V. said the motorcyclists got on Interstate 90 toward Billings where he saw them “pass in between vehicles traveling parallel in both lanes, and raise their middle fingers to other drivers.”

As J.V. approached the Mullowney Lane exit, he said, one of the motorcyclist pulled something from his vest and threw it at his driver’s-side window.

The window shattered, but most of the glass clung to a tinting film.

J.V. and a front-seat passenger received cuts to their hands. Two young children were in the back seat of the vehicle, court records state.

Schisler matched the description provided by J.V. He refused to give a statement and was arrested.

Troopers said they found a solid metal round bar about 10 inches long and weighing about four pounds near where J.V. reported the object was thrown, court records state.

According to its website, the Valiants club was started in Colorado in 1975 and is the second-oldest such club in that state.

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