Confrontations between motorists and bicyclists are not uncommon, but rarely do they escalate beyond a heated argument. And when they do, they're not often videotaped by a surveillance camera.
The accompanying footage shows a situation that clearly got out of hand, with the driver turning around in an alley, ramming the bicyclist with the car and dragging him several feet backward before taking off.
And the Beverly Hills Police Department, which posted the video this week on its Vimeo page, is trying to locate the driver of the car: a BMW 328i, perhaps 2008 or later. The incident occurred April 3 in an alley between Wetherly and Almont drives.
"The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the department stated in a news release.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the bicyclist, who was not seriously injured, told police that he had fought with the driver earlier in the day.
"The bicyclist punched the driver in the face," police said, and the driver "threatened to kill the victim and follow him" into the alley, in which the footage was captured via surveillance camera.
The driver of the BMW is described as a white or Middle Eastern male in his mid-30s, with dark hair and a slim build.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Eric Hyon at (310) 285-2156.
--Hat tip to L.A. Observed.