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Four Defendants Return To Court In Motorcycle Assault Case

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Four motorcycle riders, including an undercover detective charged with attacking a SUV driver, appeared in court Friday to find out if they've been indicted. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Clint Caldwell is out on bail, charged with gang assault on SUV driver Alexian Lien. He wants to tell his side of the story to a grand jury.

Caldwell's lawyer, Raymond Colon, says his client has been misidentified by cops and didn't participate in any violence.

"You're going to hear that a water bottle was tossed out of the car and that might have provoked some of the anger from the motorcyclists, but he had nothing to do that," Colon said. "No one can stand here or stand in court and say, 'I saw Clint Caldwell punch or attack the driver.' They're just not going to be able to do that."

Detective Wojciech Braszczok also appeared in court, charged with gang assault for pounding on the Range Rover's windows and doors during the September 29 altercation. That's when dozens of bikers attacked Lien after he bumped one biker and ran over another, leaving the biker in critical condition.

Once again, cameras were not allowed in the courtroom during Braszczok's appearance. His lawyer says that as an undercover police officer, his life could be in danger. Like Caldwell, he says he wants to appear before the grand jury. Both are due back in court in February.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says there are other suspects out there, but he wouldn't say whether any of those were officers.

"We are looking for five additional people," Kelly said. "We've made eight arrests. We're looking for five more."

It is clear that at least three officers have been identified as taking part in the overall motorcycle ride, including the detective who was arrested.

Bikers Reginald Chance and Craig Wright were indicted Friday.

Wright's attorney, Mitchell Elman, says his client will fight the charges in court, not in the media.

"He's affirmed he's not guilty in front of the judge, and that's the only place he has to do it right now," Elman said.

Wright is expected back in court at the end of the month.

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