Transient wields bicycle, metal pole in SoMa assaults 

A 29-year-old transient was arrested in South of Market earlier this week after he allegedly smashed a man in the face with a metal pole and threw his bicycle at an officer attempting to detain him.

The incident unfolded when a 57-year-old man accidentally backed his work truck into Joshua Adam Berger’s bicycle near Washburn and Howard streets around noon Tuesday. In response, Berger began hitting the truck with a pole.

When the driver got out, Berger then turned the pole on him, striking the man across the face. Police said the man’s injuries were minor and he refused medical treatment

Berger ran away on foot, but an officer spotted him less than a block away at Ninth and Howard streets.

That’s when Berger launched his bicycle at the officer, cutting the cop's shin. The officer was eventually able to detain Berger.

Berger was booked into County Jail on two felony assault-related charges and misdemeanor charges of vandalism and resisting an officer. He also faces a felony count of resisting an executive officer.

Berger remains in custody on $373,000 bail, according to the Sheriff's Department.
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