(Photo: Beaverton PD)
Yesterday evening Beaverton Police arrested a man who drove his car into someone on a bike, attempted to flee, and then aggressively confronted the rider. The altercation happened in the parking lot of Cedar Hills Crossing Mall on SW Hall Blvd.
According to a Beaverton PD statement, 22-year old Portland resident Derrik Fleming was in the mall parking lot and maneuvered his bike around a stopped car to make a left turn. When he did that, Christopher Williams, a 30-year-old resident of Beaverton, sped up from behind, came around the stopped car in the opposite lane and then slammed on his brakes right in front of Fleming.
“This action caused Fleming to crash,” reads the statement, “into the right rear of Williams’s vehicle. This crash caused Fleming to go over his handle bars and onto the asphalt of the parking lot.”
After the collision, Williams drove away and according to the Beaverton PD, Fleming “flipped him the bird as he drove off.” Fleming, the bike rider, then gave chase and the two ended up confronting each other in the parking lot. The police say Williams was acting “in an aggressive way” and that he pushed Fleming while he was still astride his bike. Williams then, “attempted several time to punch him, but did not make contact.”
Witnesses saw the whole episode unfold and were yelling for Williams to stop. Fleming sustained minor injuries. Williams was arrested for hit and run property damage and disorderly conduct and was lodged at the Washington County Jail.