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Cyclists hit with eggs and glass bottle in road rage incident on Highway 535

OPP have arrest warrant for driver who allegedly hurled projectiles at group of cyclists
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Espanola OPP charged a 58-year-old man from Whitefish River First Nation for stunt driving on Sept. 7. Supplied photo.

On July 25 at 7:45 a.m., members from the Nipissing West (Noelville) Detachment of the OPP received a traffic complaint regarding a white car travelling at a high rate of speed and performing a stunt by squealing its tires on Highway 637, Killarney.  

A short time later at approximately 9 a.m., police received a second traffic complaint from a group of cyclists reporting the same car had almost struck one of them while they were northbound on Highway 64, between Alban and Noelville, in the Municipality of French River. 

When the group arrived in Noelville, the car was stopped at a gas station where the cyclists confronted the driver about his driving behaviour. A verbal argument ensued and the driver kicked one of their bicycles before departing northbound on Highway 535.  

Shortly thereafter, at 9:30 a.m., officers received another complaint from the same group of cyclists, who were now northbound on Highway 535 at Shaw Road, reporting the same driver threw eggs and a glass bottle at them. 

Two cyclists received cuts to their legs from the shattered glass, while another was thrown from the bicycle as a result of a punctured tire.  

Officers conducted extensive patrols of the area but were unsuccessful in locating the vehicle or the driver.  

As a result of the investigation, the suspect has been identified and an arrest warrant is being sought.