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Alert Police Blotter: Ape-Hangers.

Venice Bicyclist Arrested In Santa Monica After Jumping Up & Down On Top Of Car

Posted Nov. 18, 2013, 9:12 am

Tim Broughton / Mirror Contributor

A 21-year-old Venice bicyclist was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 6 after climbing on top of a car that had just hit him, spitting through the sunroof at the driver, and then jumping up and down on top of the car roof while yelling about the lack of use of the turn signals on the vehicle.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were requested to rush to the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Pacific Avenue at 7:42 pm on this day, which was the scene of the motor vehicle accident involving a car and the bicycle.

When they arrived the officers spoke with the driver of the vehicle who said that the bicyclist had become enraged after the minor collision incident, and had pulled himself up onto the side of his vehicle and spat at the driver through the open sun-roof.

The bicyclist had then climbed onto the roof of the vehicle and started to jump up and down like a chimpanzee.

This caused much fear and panic in the mind of the driver.

The bicyclist continued the up and down physical motion while at the same time yelling that the driver should use the turn signals of the vehicle.

The bicyclist then jumped off the vehicle, remounted his bicycle and cycled away southbound on Ocean Avenue.

The officers, after obtaining a description of the bicyclist, went in search of him and eventually discovered the man in the 100 block of Pacific Avenue.

They arrested this man and charged him with vandalism, assault, and battery.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of The Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website,

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Nov. 18, 2013, 11:04:01 am

jeanne said...

You've got to be kidding. I get enraged when someone tries to kill me. Was the driver even sited for hitting him? Not likely. It's open season on cyclists.

Nov. 18, 2013, 12:21:26 pm

Jeff said...

Clearly not the right reaction from the cyclist, but really, nothing happened to the driver for hitting him in the first place??!!? Bad reporting or bad policing?

Nov. 18, 2013, 5:20:51 pm

Moron Drivers said...

I'm going to side with the cyclist on this one. People in LA drive like douches anyway and they're really clueless when it comes to bikes and cycles. Let me guess, texting or putting on makeup? Maybe focusing on the GPS or eating a happy meal! I don't even own a bike, too terrified to ride it around here. If someone hit me I'd likely pull them out of their car so I'd say the driver got off easy. Sheesh, if there is any justice he'll be let off easy. HE was the one who was in fear for his life.

Nov. 18, 2013, 6:58:13 pm

danger said...

guy run over by car - no problem,no crime,no ticket. guy jumps on car- $20,000 if the guy on bike would have been killed the car driver would get the same penalty.

Nov. 19, 2013, 8:19:15 am

Patrick said...

$20K bail!!? That's crazy. The cyclist was obviously enraged after being hit. That's crazy!!

Nov. 19, 2013, 9:36:07 am

blk said...

A "minor collision" with a cyclist is life-endangering and panic-inducing. Oh, but we're much more concerned that the -DRIVER- was afraid.

Nov. 20, 2013, 8:40:23 am

Phantom Commuter said...

Both the driver and cyclist should be cited (if the driver was at fault).

Nov. 20, 2013, 2:17:33 pm

Kathy Corso said...

I believe they both should be cited...automobile drivers can be reckless with bicyclists – I am scared to death to hit anyone B-U-T ESPECIALLY BICYCLISTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE ROAD RIGHTS THAN I DO DRIVING AN AUTOMOBILE ON ROADS THAT I PAY FOR, WHILE BICYCLISTS ENJOY BEING RUDE AND ARROGANT RIDERS IN TRAFFIC.

Nov. 21, 2013, 10:16:38 am

Dao Doan said...

to Kathy Corso correction: BOTH drivers and bicyclists (and even non-users) pay for the roads. Drivers use them more than cyclists, so their share of usage is way higher for what they pay in. we all need to learn to be more courteous on the road, even when faced with people who might be in a rush and zip by us fast, that's all.

Nov. 21, 2013, 2:45:56 pm

Lynne said...

And in the City of Santa Monica too. How bicycle friendly is a city that does not arrest the driver?? (I understand the frustration of people who ride bicycles and are run off the road by motorists who think the road belongs only to them.)

Dec. 9, 2013, 7:46:51 am

Richard said...

I got hit by a car on my bike that blew through a stop sign while the driver was on the phone. Police faulted me 100% and the driver sued me for damage.

Dec. 9, 2013, 7:47:41 am

Aleen Stein said...

What about the bicyclist's rights? Apparently the car did NOT signal, and hit him.

Dec. 9, 2013, 9:29:31 am

Mick said...

Your all Idiot's, take a chill pill

Dec. 9, 2013, 10:46:38 am

Cappy said...

I was hit by a car that didn't stop for a stop sign on the Encino Bike Path. Driver was not cited because the police didn't see it happen. Driver admitted fault. Had $15000 bodily injury and $10000 property damage. No assets. Resulted in a broken pelvis and torn rotator cuff. Bills totaling over $100000! No justice!

Dec. 9, 2013, 1:49:07 pm

Eric said...

Laugh Out Loud

Dec. 25, 2013, 12:41:41 am

jetpower said...

Belatedly speaking, the cyclist has a credible trauma-related defense. My example is a recollection from decades ago, when a car in which I was a passenger was rear-ended. The offender then passed us and appeared to be fleeing the scene. The next thing I knew, I was out of the car on the sidewalk, chasing the offender, who, I soon realized, had stopped to perform his due diligence. The cyclist's reaction certainly resulted from built-up stress caused by the ongoing trauma of sharing the street with scary and incompetent drivers. His chosen attorney will be responsible to show that the driver, not the cyclist, was in the wrong. It goes without saying that the driver should be cited for his negligence.

Dec. 27, 2013, 12:08:03 pm

Lana said...

Bicyclist think they own the road. I don't know whose fault the accident was, but I'm guessing it was the bicyclist. They never stop or follow the laws of the road.

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