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Man Arrested for Using Car as 'deadly weapon' Against Cyclists on Angeles Crest Highway

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Motorists suffering from "road rage" have surely taken their aggressions out on cyclists with whom they're meant to share the road in the past, and with consequences--the high profile case of the doctor who received a 5-year prison sentence for his attack on cyclists in Mandeville Canyon, serves as prime example.Sierra Madre Patch offers details about a new case of driver versus cyclists leading to the motorist's arrest on "suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon," with the weapon being the man's Nissan Xterra. The incident took place on June 18th on Angeles Crest Highway.

The incident involved a group of cyclists on the road who flagged down deputies to report that the driver had pulled alongside them " while they were cycling, slowed down and yelled curses at them," adding "that the driver also swerved toward them while they were riding on the shoulder of the road." A witness corroborated their report.

Deputies determined the identity of the driver, 48-year-old Earl Clyde Cox of La Crescenta, and spoke with him about the reported incident:

When deputies questioned Cox, he said that he was driving to work when he approached a pair of cyclists who he believed were in his lane and not being considerate of drivers. Cox said that he drove close to the right shoulder and yelled at them, and then encountered two more cyclists and attempted to confront them about their cycling manners, according to the report.
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The report noted that Cox acted in "complete disregard for the safety of the cyclists," showing no remorse for his actions, and displaying characteristics of "road rage." Consequently, they arrested Cox.