Police: Man attacks cyclist to defend fellow driver's honor

SEATTLE -- A man with a criminal record took it upon himself to defend the honor of a fellow driver, who he felt was disrespected by a cyclist last week in downtown Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was riding his bicycle eastbound on Pike Street around 6:30 p.m. July 15 when he came upon a car blocking the intersection due to heavy traffic on Fifth Avenue.

The victim later told officers he had to place his hand on the car to maneuver around it and pointed out to the driver he was violating the red light. The driver didn't say anything back.

According to the report, the victim continued on to Sixth Avenue and was preparing to walk his bike onto the sidewalk when a car "tapped" him from behind, causing him to lose his balance and nearly fall over.

The suspect was apparently angry about what the victim had said to the other driver and shouted at him that he had no right to touch a car, according to the report.

The suspect reportedly got out of his car pushed the victim, causing him to fall over his bike.

According to the report, the suspect got back in his car and drove off but not before the victim got a photo of him, his car and his license plate.

Officers looked up the suspect's information and discovered he has a criminal record. According to the report, the victim was able to pick the suspect out of a photo lineup, and a witness confirmed the victim's story.

The case was forwarded to the City Attorney's Office for possible charges.