The eldest of two Marion County, TN, juveniles charged in an encounter with a cyclist in January was in Juvenile Court today where he was given probation and ordered to perform 16 hours of public service on charges of assault and violation of the three-foot law.
The case heard by Marion County Juvenile Judge Jay Blevins has drawn fire from the cycling community locally and nationally.
The teens — ages 14 and 16 — were charged in connection with the Jan. 11 assault of cyclist Anders Swanson on Raccoon Mountain in Marion County near the Hamilton County line. The assault charge stems from the teen's spraying Swanson in the face with pepper spray during the encounter and the elder teen also was charged with violating the three-foot law and having a vehicle with a horn that did not work properly.
The 14-year-old, whose case has not yet been heard in court, was charged with possession of a horn that made an unreasonably loud or harsh sound in connection with the teen pair sounding an air horn as they passed by cyclist Swanson in their truck.