Man arrested for hitting bicyclist with umbrella

Michael William Nuckolls. Image courtesy CPD

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) – A man in Palm Harbor is charged with aggravated battery after police said he hit a bicyclist with a golf umbrella from a moving car.

Michael William Nuckolls, 20, is at the Pinellas County jail. He is charged in the April 5 attack on Derek Queener, 44.

Queener rode his bicycle down Jackson Road from work on the evening of April 5. He was hit with something by a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle driving the opposite way. He got extensive facial injuries.

Surveillance video captured the vehicle leaving the area. It was a silver Jeep Compass with black rims. Somebody saw the Jeep in Clearwater and called police.

Clearwater Police tracked down the Jeep and determined that on the night of the attack a 16-year-old girl was driving it and Nuckolls was on the back seat. Police said he used a golf umbrella to hit Queener.

Detectives didn’t release any information about the motive of the attack.

Nuckolls is in jail on $10,000 bond.

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