UPDATE—Here's the video of the cyclist clinging to the hood of the speeding car:
Wow. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and last week's battle
between a motorist and a cyclist may turn into an all-out war.
This just in from the Portland Police:
On Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 7:11 pm, Southeast Precinct officers arrested 21-year-old James F. Millican on one count each of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, DUII, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree and Reckless Driving in connection with a road rage incident involving a bicyclist. The incident began when 37-year-old Jason Scott Rehnberg, who was riding a bike in the area of Southeast 58th Avenue and Southeast Washington Street, yelled at Millican to slow down. Millican, who was operating a Ford Escort, took offense to Rehnberg's remarks, stopped his car and began to chase the victim.
Rehnberg, who admitted that his remarks may have included profanity, stated that he rode his bicycle into the neighborhood in an effort to get away from the suspect. When he thought Millican had driven away, the victim drove back out onto Southeast 58th Avenue. A short time later, the victim saw the suspect who was now back in his car and ahead of the victim. The victim stated that the suspect then backed up in an attempt to hit him with the car. The victim jumped off the bike just before the suspect hit the bike, damaging it.
Rehnberg and two other witnesses then stood in front of Millican's car stating that they wanted to get the number of his license plate. As they did so, the suspect drove his car toward the three people. The two witnesses were able to get out of the way, but Rehnberg ended up on the hood of the suspect's car. With the victim hanging on to the suspect's windshield wipers, the suspect drove northbound on 58th at a high rate of speed. When the suspect reached Southeast 60th Avenue, he slowed down enough for the victim to get off the car.
One witness was able to videotape the victim as he rode on the suspect's hood. The tape was seized as evidence ...