Edwin Mieses, who was reportedly paralyzed by SUV driver Alexis Lien on Sunday, apparently never applied for a motorcycle license in Massachusetts and has not been licensed to drive in the state since 1999, according to police and driving records cited by CBS New York. His right to drive in Massachusetts was revoked until 2017.
As recently as May, he was arrested in Andover, Mass., for driving with a revoked license, according to the Associated Press.
In 2001, he was sentenced to jail for driving without a license, according to court records reviewed by The Boston Herald.
However, Mieses' run-ins with law enforcement go beyond traffic violations: His criminal record is six pages long and includes convictions for drugs, guns, attaching plates and destruction of property, The Herald notes.
Mieses, 32, remains in St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. His wife has said he won't walk again.
After a group of motorcyclists surrounded a Range Rover driven by Lien and his wife, Lien ran over Mieses in an attempt to make an escape. As seen in a widely circulated video of the incident, the bikers then chased the SUV, which also contained Lien's 2-year-old daughter. Eventually, when Lien was stopped by traffic, his tires were slashed, his windows were smashed, and he was pulled from the car and severely beaten, according to police.
Only one biker has so far been charged in the incident. Christopher Cruz, 28, allegedly brake-checked Lien on the Henry Hudson Parkway, setting in motion the dramatic chain of events. He was hit with a bevy of charges on Tuesday, including reckless endangerment, reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.