CRIME

Undercover detective accused in NYC biker melee with SUV driver is convicted of lesser charges

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Wojciech Braszczok, center, is led into court with his face covered in New York. The undercover New York Police Department detective and a co-defendant were acquitted Tuesday, June 9, 2015 of the most serious charges but convicted of lesser crimes for participating in a September, 2013 motorcycle rally that devolved into highway pandemonium as an SUV driver was pulled from his window and beaten bloody in front of his wife and toddler. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Wojciech Braszczok, center, is led into court with his face covered in New York. The undercover New York Police Department detective and a co-defendant were acquitted Tuesday, June 9, 2015 of the most serious charges but convicted of lesser crimes for participating in a September, 2013 motorcycle rally that devolved into highway pandemonium as an SUV driver was pulled from his window and beaten bloody in front of his wife and toddler. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)  (The Associated Press)

An undercover New York Police Department detective accused of taking part in a motorcyclists-versus-SUV melee has been acquitted of the most serious charges but convicted of lesser crimes.

Detective Wojciech Braszczok (VOY'-chehk BROOSH'-chahk) and his co-defendant, Robert Sims, said they believed the SUV driver had just struck a biker and fled during the September 2013 rally. A judge on Tuesday found them not guilty of gang assault and first-degree assault but guilty of second-degree assault, coercion, riot and criminal mischief.

Eleven men were indicted. Driver Alexian Lien ran over a motorcyclist, paralyzing him, before he was pulled from his SUV and beaten.

Braszczok says he didn't have a gun or a badge and didn't think anyone would believe he was an officer. He says he didn't intend to harm the driver.