ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A frightening run-in with a group of motorcycle riders has a St. Charles family warning others to be on the lookout.
It happened on Interstate 70 near Cave Springs, where Gabe and Stephanie Downey claim a group of motorcycles came onto the interstate with at least one doing stunts going full speed. They say he almost hit them, and then it spiraled into an all out assault.
"The first gentleman picked up and did a wheelie and came across four lanes of the highway," Gabe Downey said.
He tells us they swerved and then things got physical.
"He came over and kicked the side of our truck and of course I threw my hands up then and was like, 'Hey, man, what are you doing?'"
Gabe says the motorcyclist used the palm of his hand to push their side mirror. This is all while driving along I-70. But the motorcycle rider is telling a different story.
"I remember a family in a tan car swerving at me. That's what initiated everything," he said. "I didn't see them until they almost hit me. And then I looked over at him and he swerved at me."
The man on the bike did not wish to be identified. We asked if he cut across traffic popping a wheelie.
"That may have happened," he said. "I don't remember."
"I think we all need to have more respect on the road. Yes there are motorcycles that we need to pay attention to. But motorcycles need to know there are families on the road too," said Stephanie Downey. "You can't just pop a wheelie anywhere and expect it to be ok. There's a time and a place for this."
The motorcyclist said he may or may not have touched their car, adding he feared for his life too.
The Downeys called the Missouri State Highway Patrol and tried to get the rider's license plate info and location. Sgt. Al Nothum says stunt riders are a distraction, but has some advice if you're in the same situation.
"If you're alongside a large group of motorcycles and it scares you or makes you nervous, which it will a lot of people, the best thing to do is get off at the next exit," Nothum said.
Another option if you find yourself in this situation, Nothum says, is to just pull over and wait for the riders to pass.