"Lord Audi" during confrontation with police officer. Márquez: banned from driving for a year.

‘Lord Audi’ ordered to avoid bicycle lanes

Driver alleged to have struck bicyclist faces several criminal charges

The infamous “Lord Audi” has been instructed by a judge to stay away from bicycle lanes and the victim of an assault July 27, in which a bicyclist was struck by an Audi A4 in Del Valle, Mexico City.

Rafael Márquez Gasperin, the alleged driver of the Audi who earned the #LordAudi hashtag, faces charges of damage, robbery and preventing an official from carrying out his duties during a confrontation in which cyclist Ari Santillán was knocked to the ground.

Santillán called for help from a nearby police officer when the assault took place, but video shot by the cyclist showed a belligerent Márquez Gasperin shoving the officer and arguing before driving off in the Audi, sweeping away another bicycle that had been left in front of the car.

“This is Mexico, dude, got it?” shouted the young man at the official. “Call my dad, dude!”

When the accused appeared August 4 before the public prosecutor to make a declaration, he claimed he had fled the scene fearing for his personal safety and said he was prepared to make an agreement with the aggrieved cyclist.

Santillán rejected the offer, saying his objective was not the reparation of damages but to see justice done.

Márquez Gasperin was also ordered to stay away from witnesses of the incident, remain in Mexico and not drive a vehicle until the legal proceedings are over.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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