Driver charged after viral road rage incident with cyclist

_ ** Editor’s note: A road rage incident caught on camera last month has resulted in charges against a Gatineau driver. The case was widely publicized, with the video shared across social media for several days. ** _ _ (Via Ottawa Police) _ (Ottawa) -The Ottawa Police Service Central Investigations Unit has charged a driver involved in a road rage incident with a cyclist on January 11, 2017 at approx. 3:20pm.


The male driver and male cyclist became involved in a verbal confrontation while both were northbound on Bronson Avenue. More words were exchanged when both arrived at the Bronson Avenue and Slater Street intersection.


The cyclist got off his bicycle, placing it in front of the vehicle continuing the verbal confrontation. The driver continued to move forward, slowly pushing the cyclist through the intersection. At one point, the driver got out of his vehicle, grabbed the bicycle and threw it to the ground and then he assaulted the cyclist.


Police were called and patrol officers attended the scene.  Witnesses on scene also stood in front of the driver’s vehicle so that police could respond to the incident.


This investigation was later reviewed in light of video evidence, witness statements and the victim coming forward wanting to pursue charges.


On January 28th Patrice LEPAGE, 47 years old, of Gatineau, was charged with:

*       Dangerous operation of Motor vehicle

*       Assault

*       Mischief under $5000


He was released on a recognizance to appear in court.


The investigation continues.