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TODAY   |  October 02, 2013

Biker’s wife wants charges against driver who fled

The wife of one of the bikers who was injured when a motorist in an SUV fled a biker attack wants charges against the driver. But police say he did what he had to do to get away and protect his family, and that charges against him aren’t likely. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>> the case of road rage in new york city involving a family and a group of motorcyclists. this morning, there's a new arrest and we're hearing from the family of one of the bikers that was injured. kristen dahlgren has more on that. good morning.

>> good morning. there's hundreds of comments on this as the police investigation moves forward. the former police commissioner says this is a nationwide problem. he calls it a new form of wolfpack.

>> reporter: overnight police charged the biker seen hitting the back window of the suv with reckless endangerment , criminal mischief and menacing while another is being held for reckless driving and child endangerment . new graphic imagines surfaced online showing the driver on the ground surrounded by bikers, being beaten with his wife and 2-year-old in the car just feet away. police are now pouring through all the video of the 50 block chase trying to track down the bikers involved. they say lien did what he had to do to get away. but for the biker's wife, the video shows another victim. her husband run over as lien fled.

>> he's paralyzed for life.

>> she says her husband was just trying to help after the first biker stopped in front of lien and was hit.

>> it's not a gang. they're just regular people that like to ride a bike.

>> reporter: police say the rally had no permits and authorities received 200 complaints sunday.

>> people come in with the intent to be disruptive. that causes problems to everything.

>> former commissioner says what the video shows is a dangerous mentality.

>> they're riding up on the sidewalks and basically chasing people off the sidewalks and doing exactly what this group did to that young man and his wife and baby on the highway.

>> it's a scary thought and, you know, it has a lot of people asking what they would do in that situation. mieses wife says they may have contributed but she wants him charged. but that's not likely to happen.

>> you have to go to the idea that there were 200 complaints about this group throughout the day or over the weekend here in new york city because it does give you some idea of the kind of situation they were creating and i think, if you put that in the mind of this driver, it does give you an interesting perspective.