Driver charged after confrontation with cyclist caught on video
Police reopened investigation into Jan. 11 incident and charged 47-year-old Gatineau man
A 47-year-old Gatineau man has been charged with assault, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief under $5,000 after an angry confrontation with a cyclist was caught on video.
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The standoff between cyclist Victor Jung and the motorist was recorded by a passing motorist on Jan. 11, around 3:20 p.m. on Bronson Avenue near Slater Street.
Jung told CBC News Thursday that he was "very happy" when Ottawa police first told him about the charges on Sunday.
"I really hope it sends a message that bicycles, pedestrians, are allowed on the road just as much as cars are," he said. "And of course everyone should be observing the rules of the road, and it's a balanced affair."
Police said the "road rage incident" started with a verbal confrontation between the cyclist and the driver.
A video of the confrontation, first posted online by Ottawa radio station CFRA, showed a car nudging Jung repeatedly as he tried to use his bike as a shield and shouted, "No!" at the driver.
The 39 second video did not show how the conflict started.
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Jung previously told CBC News that the motorist, at one point, got out of his vehicle, slapped him across the face, and picked up and threw his bicycle several metres away.
Witnesses blocked the driver's vehicle to give police enough time to respond to the incident.
Police initially said the case was closed with no charges, but Jung came forward to say he wanted police to pursue charges.
While he's pleased with the charges, Jung called the whole affair "an ordeal." He wants the driver to compensate him for the damage to his bike.
"I've definitely lost nerve riding my bike, partly because of the assault and partly because my bike is broken, and I did not ride last week and this week for a bit," he said.
"But I got a new back wheel since, money out of my own pocket for the time being. And I'm back on the road, on my bike. I'm happy about that, but it definitely has been nerve-racking."
The accused was formally charged Jan. 28, and released on a recognizance to appear in court.