Erie Honker gets 12 Months Probation & Anger Management Training

A 75-year-old Erie man accused of harassing two cyclists along County Line Road in September by following them and honking his SUV's horn for several minutes was sentenced to 12 months probation as part of a plea deal with prosecutors today.

James Ernst pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment -- a Class 3 misdemeanor -- and two counts of improper use of a horn -- a traffic offense. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped two counts of driving too slowly. Ernst also will be required to undergo anger management and do community service.

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About right

The sentence is just about right for a couple misdemeanors. Ernst is now well known and in the system. This type of education will most likely keep him from being aggressive while driving. Anger management is not a one night class and will cost him some money. Checking in with his probation officer once a month for a year probably wasn't his idea of retirement. Good to see the "system" worked for the benefit of the regular cyclist.

Creative Sentence

Probably not enough! Cant believe that is all he got, especially for arguing with the judge.

If I were the judge, I would have forced him to get new CO license plates that say “Share The Road”, put a 3’ Foot Minimum sticker on his car and done 100+hrs of community service working bicycle related events

Great ideas, but

I agree with your first two ideas, however, I'm not so sure I'd want him marshalling a corner at a criterium (why is there a cone in the MIDDLE of the corner?!?), handing me a bottle (this smells FUNNY!) or checking (and jotting down) my license info at check in :-)