Cyclist records road rage attack with helmet camera - CBS46 News

Cyclist records road rage attack with helmet camera

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ROME, GA (CBS46) -

It's hard to deny something when it's on video, and these days, cameras are everywhere, including on cell phones, houses, street corners and in this case, a bicycle helmet.

"For motorists, if you're thinking about harassing a cyclist, just remember that he could be wearing a camera," said cyclist Alan Crocker.

Crocker bikes to work every day to Rome wearing a Garmin 'Verb' on his helmet.

In the video he recorded, a blue pickup truck passes him on the left as he's riding down Old Dalton Road. Crocker felt like the truck was too close to him, so he made a gesture with his hand that couldn't be shown on television or described in this story.

That's when the trouble began.

Responding to Crocker's gesture, the angry driver tried to block him in, but Crocker rode around him.

The video shows the truck passing him again, and it looks like it's all over, but it's just the beginning.

Miles down the road near Armuchee Connector, the same blue pick-up truck is pulled over and waiting for the cyclist.

Crocker approaches cautiously, and tries to warn the driver that he is wearing a camera on his helmet, but it didn't stop what happened next.

The driver is seen pushing Crocker off of his bicycle, and he briefly wrestles with him before eventually getting back into his truck and leaving Crocker on the side of the road.

Floyd County police said they arrived shortly afterward because the pickup truck driver, later identified as Johnny McIntosh, called 911 to report that a cyclist was intimidating him.

"They were able to quickly determine that he was the aggressor and that I wasn't," said Crocker.

Crocker played the video for police and when they saw the situation with their own eyes, they decided it was the other way around. They charged the McIntosh with battery and took him straight to jail.

Crocker made a point to mention that this type of behavior is not typical of what he sees on the roads in his town.

"This type of thing is extremely rare around here. The people who live in Rome are extremely courteous," Crocker said.

According to the police report, McIntosh told officers that Crocker kicked his truck as he was passing. If that did occur, it is not visible in the video recorded by Crocker's camera.

CBS46 attempted to hear McIntosh's side of the story, directly from him, but he was not home when our cameras stopped by. Business cards were left at his doors, but we have not heard from him yet.

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