Police seeking truck believed to be endangering cyclists

Published: Sep. 24, 2010 at 11:04 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2010 at 11:43 AM EDT
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Officer Mike Head
Officer Mike Head
Rolf Eisinger
Rolf Eisinger

LaGrange, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LAGRANGE, KY (WAVE) – Oldham County Police officers are investigating complaints about a driver in a red pickup truck trying to run cyclists off the road.

Officer Mike Head said the complaints were made starting early September. Head says police have had the normal complaints from cyclists about radical drivers but nothing to the level they are experiencing now.

Head said the targeted area is believed to be around Crestwood. The truck they are looking for is a red, Dodge 4X4 pickup truck with Kentucky agriculture plates. At this time, they have searched more than 70 license plates, trying to find a match with the description they have, but have come up with nothing.

According to Head, reports say the driver has been seen swerving toward riders, coming from the opposite direction. Those complaints indicate the driver of the truck tried to force cyclists off the road. In other cases, the driver of the truck would pass them, press the brakes, Head said, in order to get the cyclist to slam into the back of the truck.

"I don't know why someone would do that," Head said.

Police indicate there have been similar reports made to the Louisville Metro Police Department. Rolf Eisinger said it happened to him on Sept. 17 in Jefferson County. Eisinger said he was riding his bike with seven other cyclists on River Road when it turned dangerous. He remembered seeing a red, Dodge pickup pass them.

"As it came by, we all kinda noticed it was pretty close and it increasingly got closer as it finished passing and it almost cut the guy in the front off. It almost pushed him off the road," Eisinger said.

According to Eisinger, all eight cyclists were riding in a single file when the truck passed them.

"He blew black smoke in our face and went past really quickly," Eisinger said.

While saying people are usually in a hurry driving on River Road, Eisinger said it was different on that day.

"Here you are, you don't have a lot of protection, you know. You're riding your bike with your friends' Saturday morning and to have something like that happening is really, frankly, scary," said Eisinger. "It's definitely nerve wrecking that this isn't a one-time thing."

Head said cyclists have described the red, Dodge pickup truck as having scratches on the tailgate and a dent in the front right corner. If you have any information, or if it has happened to you, call your local police department.

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