When Bikes and Cars Don’t Mix

Those of you who live in Portland most likely remember the news this summer about the driver who chased down a bicyclist and drove off with the bicyclist clinging to the hood of the car. On November 17, 2008, the driver, who was impaired at the time of the incident, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, 3 years of probation, and 160 hours of community service. He faced three counts: a DUI, attempted assault in the second degree, and unlawful use of a weapon.

The incident occurred when the bicyclist, Jason Rehnberg, yelled at the driver, James Millican, to slow down. Millican then started to chase after Rehnberg, but Rehnberg was able to escape. The escape was short-lived, however, and when Millican noticed Rehnberg behind him, he set his car in reverse and allegedly attempted to run him over. Rehnberg jumped off his bicycle and avoided getting hit, but as he and two other witnesses stood in front of the vehicle in order to capture the license number, Millican drove toward them. The two witnesses were able to leap out of the way, but Rehnberg ended up on the hood of the car. Millican sped away as Rehnberg hung onto the windshield wipers. He managed to get off the vehicle a short while later, but not before Millican tried to shake him from the car by speeding and braking suddenly. A bystander captured the incident in a video taken with his cell phone.