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Woman arrested for intentionally ramming bike rider in downtown Portland – UPDATED

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Celine Julia Geday booking photo.

Portland Police Bureau assault detectives have arrested a woman for intentionally ramming a man with her car in downtown Portland.

The man, 47-year-old Brian Lee Groce of southwest Portland, suffered “non-traumatic injuries” in the collision.

Here’s more from the PPB:

On Thursday April 3, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a crash involving a bicyclist and a vehicle at Southwest Broadway and Jackson Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and contacted the bicyclist, 47-year-old Brian Lee Groce of Southwest Portland. Groce was suffering from non-traumatic injuries and told officers that he had been cut off in traffic by a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta (driven by 29-year-old Celine Julia Geday) and he’d ridden up to her and told her that she’d almost hit him and she replied by honking her horn.

Groce explained to police that they were both traveling East on Jackson and stopped at the red light at Broadway and he repeated to her that she’d almost hit him. Groce told police that the light turned green and they both started to cross Broadway when the driver swerved left, knocked him off the bike, then stopped her car.

Thankfully, Groce was able to describe the events to responding officers (often in these cases, the bicycle rider is so severely injured that they’re not able to give their version of the story). His account, combined with statements from witnesses allowed PPB assault detectives to confirm that the collision was an intentional act. Geday was arrested on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

UPDATE, 5:30 pm: The DA has released Geday pending their ongoing investigation of the incident.

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