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Caught on Tape: Truck Passenger Hurls Water Bottle at Cyclist, Deputies Investigating

The Orange County District Attorney's office has asked for more information before deciding whether to pursue the incident, which happened on PCH in Dana Point.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident that has cyclists up in arms -- a videotaped confrontation where a woman throws a water bottle at a cyclist in Dana Point. Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident that has cyclists up in arms -- a videotaped confrontation where a woman throws a water bottle at a cyclist in Dana Point. Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson.

Orange County prosecutors want sheriff's investigators to delve deeper into a case of road-rage in which a passenger in a pickup truck hurled a bottle of water at a bicyclist on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, a conflict recorded on video that has gone viral.

Sheriff's investigators presented their case to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, which directed them to gather more evidence, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Bryan Larsen, a semi-professional bicyclist, used his phone to record a female passenger in a passing pickup truck heaving bottles of water and Gatorade at him on May 31 as he was riding in a bike lane, Hallock said.

Cyclists have been complaining on social media that sheriff's investigators have been sitting on the case and done nothing to track down the culprit. Hallock told City News Service investigators took a report right away and presented evidence to prosecutors.

"Investigators immediately followed up on leads," Hallock said.

From the video, which showed the truck's license plate, investigators were able to determine a suspect, Hallock said.

The cyclist, however, may not be blameless in the incident, Hallock said. Investigators told prosecutors the cyclist may have touched off the conflict when he "made disparaging remarks to the driver" that could be interpreted as a misdemeanor for inciting a fight, Hallock said.

Prosecutors did not reject the case, but wanted investigators to gather more evidence to strengthen any case that's made against the woman or Larsen, Hallock said.

Larsen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

--City News Service


Amused July 08, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Russian dash cam footage is the best!
Greg Ferenstein July 09, 2014 at 02:48 AM
Shari Grace, when this was originally in the news several weeks ago it said the initial confrontation between the truck and cyclist happened further back on PCH in south Laguna. Then the truck got held up in traffic. The cyclist was worried about what was going to happen when the truck caught back up, so he pulled out his phone to record video in the event there was another confrontation.
Mark Adams July 09, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Based on the cyclists own video the sheriff should be asking why he didn't obey the rules of the road, why he was riding on the very edge of the bike lane and why he swerved out of it prior to the confrontation It doesn't appear, by his own video, that he's totally innocent in this situation
KC July 09, 2014 at 11:43 AM
But our law also doesn't work that way, retaliation isn't given an exemption from prosecution and hucking a water bottle at someone is still considered assault and litering, plus rolling coal would also be something they may be punished for.
Buster July 21, 2014 at 11:20 PM
White trash and his white trash girl showing their skills

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