Dr. Thompson, the Mandeville Canyon motorist accused of road rage, appeared in court for his arraignment on an amended felony complaint and now stands charged with a total of 7 counts.
Thompson will return to court on February 23, 2009 when his attorney, Peter Swarth, is expected to enter a motion to dismiss the charges which are: 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, 2 counts of battery with serious bodily injury, reckless driving, reckless driving causing specified injury and mayhem.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Stone moved swiftly, entering the charges and asking the Judge to order Thompson to surrender his passport. The Judge set bail at $100 thousand and directed Thompson to turn over his passport, giving him until Tuesday to retrieve it from storage.
As in the past, Thompson appeared in court with his entourage, a group that only served to draw attention in an otherwise quiet and routine day at the La Cienega Airport Courthouse.
The trial date is set for March 6, 2010, almost 2 years after the July 4 weekend incident that set this journey in motion. Thompson is alleged to have pulled his car in front of 2 cyclists, slamming on his brakes, causing one cyclist to hit the ground while the other cyclist went through the rear window.
The incident drew attention from around the world to Mandeville Canyon, not just because of the motorist vs. cyclist tension demonstrated in this incident but also because of the history of conflict in this exclusive community.
Residents complain of speeding motorists, motorists complain of slow cyclists, speed humps irritate the upper Mandevillians, honking irritates the lower Mandevillians, trash cans create an obstacle course for everybody and, through it all, Councilman Bill Rosendahl has convened a task force to see if there's a way for everybody to get a piece of the road.
"That's so LA!"