2 injured as driver rams motorcycle in road rage incident

CLEAR LAKE, Wash. - A man intentionally rammed a motorcycle twice with his car Saturday in a road rage incident on a Skagit County road, knocking a man and woman off the motorcycle and leaving them lying in the roadway with multiple injuries, the Washington State Patrol reported.

State troopers responded to the scene, near the intersection of Highway 9 and Old Day Creek Road, shortly after noon after receiving a report of a road rage incident with injuries.

Arriving at the scene, troopers found a heavily damaged Harley Davidson FXDB motorcycle and an injured man and woman. The driver of the car that hit them had fled the scene.

An investigation found that the motorcycle, driven by a 37-year-old man with a 38-year-old female passenger, had been traveling along Highway 9 as a 1994 Mercury Sable followed behind it. When the motorcycle turned east onto Old Day Creek Road, the Mercury followed.

The driver of the Mercury, identified as Michael P. Stickels Jr., 36, of Lopez Island, then intentionally rammed the motorcycle, according to troopers. The impact knocked the woman off the motorcycle and she landed on the pavement.

The car and motorcycle continued another 100 feet and Stickels again rammed the motorcycle, knocking the man off, troopers said. The heavily damaged motorcycle fell onto the roadway.

Stickels then drove off, leaving the man and woman lying there, the State Patrol reported. The two were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Troopers later were able to identify Stickels. He was located and arrested, then booked into Skagit County Jail. He was uninjured.