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Truck driver does ‘rolling coal’ on riders, and one of them is a bike cop

Posted by on June 20th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Off-duty Washington County Sheriff deputy
writing up the truck driver in a parking lot
off SW Murray Blvd.
(Photo: Scolgan/Reddit)

A man driving a truck along SW Murray Road in Beaverton yesterday thought it’d fun to harass a group of bike riders; but he got more than he bargained for.

According to a Reddit user named “Scolgan”, the man driving the truck pulled close the riders and then as he pulled away, “he really got on the gas and covered them in a big black cloud of diesel exhaust.” What he didn’t know is that one of the people on bikes was an off-duty Washington County Sheriff deputy.

Here’s more from Scolgan:

“… The driver ended up getting caught at the stop light a couple hundred yards away and the bike cop banged on his window and told him to pull into the shopping center. I watched for a few minutes as the cop was yelling at him for driving like an idiot and that he was using his vehicle as a weapon. I didn’t stay long enough to see what the final result was but it was great to see instant karma returned to the douche bag driver.

All cyclists including the cop were in the designated bike lane. The driver went out of his way to get close to the cyclists.”

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This is what’s known as “rolling coal”, or when a truck driver intentionally creates a plume of smoke from their exhaust — a childish and dangerous act that’s all too common to bike riders. In fact, we wrote about this behavior back in February after a reader told us he was victimized by a similar tactic while riding near Mt. Tabor.

The incident posted to Reddit happened near the intersection of Murray and Millikan Way.

CORRECTION, 7/8/14: We originally reported that the officer was a member of the Beaverton Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit. That was incorrect. It was an off-duty Washington County Sheriff deputy. We regret the error. — Jonathan

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CaptainKarma
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CaptainKarma

No charges?

Brian
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Brian

There is a silver Dodge with WA plates that has done this to me at least twice on N. Williams…didn’t know it had a name, just thought it was a dick move.

CaptainKarma
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CaptainKarma

Oops, didn’t see the picture caption. Never mind. We get this behavior in Gresham where there are more big trucks like this than bikes, it seems.

Carl
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Carl

Just imagine, a few hundred more incidents like this, involving bike-mounted cops, and maybe someday using your vehicle as a weapon will actually be illegal.

Joe
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Joe

weird this happened to me yesterday as I was heading torwards Wilsonville
the truck driver did it 4 times ahead of me.. I call it a redneck kiss. lol

kittens
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kittens

Its too bad the rest of us do not have the same rights and privileges of a police officer.

Bill
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Bill

I believe these drivers have had to change the chip in the truck to produce the smoke. Newer trucks run much cleaner, so they do this on purpose and I wish they would get ticketed when law enforcement see these trucks. I think it is illegal in most states to alter the engine if it effects the emissions. D!x

Mike Ardans
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Mike Ardans

1-888-7888 Oregon DEQ, at least the nuisance of having to prove that their vehicle will pass a smog inspection, and is street legal might serve as a deterrent. I mean, it is pollution.

El Biciclero
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El Biciclero

This is awesome. I’ve thankfully never had the “coal” treatment perpetrated on me, and most of my “near” (not really) misses with motorists have likely been unintentional, but for those few occasions when someone is really DWDA (Driving While Dumb-A$$) or engaging in extreme displays of red-neckery, and there’s never a cop around when you need one–this is surprisingly vicariously satisfying. I imagine it’s the same feeling motorists get when they see cyclists pulled over during a STOP sign enforcement action…

Scott H
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Scott H

Justice tastes so, so good when it’s cooked right.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

I guess it’s time I put the GoPro back on the bike.

Derek
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Derek

What is it called if you hit a puddle and spray a pedestrian or bike rider?!?

John Liu
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John Liu

Wow, the bike officer is even in uniform – the truck driver is a real idjit.

Eric McWhirter
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Eric McWhirter

It would be nice if the Author would have clarified that the “Truck Driver” was operating a pickup and not a Commercial Vehicle for which the term “Truck Driver is associated with”

Bert Cohen
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In my state (Georgia) this could arguably be reckless conduct, reckless driving, aggressive driving, aggravated assault (assault with car used as a deadly weapon) simple assault( the soot deliberately sprayed on the riders), and driving within three feet of a bicycle rider. All are misdemeanors except Aggravated Assault which is punishable up to 20 years. If Georgia has these options, Oregon probably does as well.

q`Tzal
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q`Tzal

Rather than my usual bloodthirsty invective I’ll just link to Brian Hicks comment from April 6th at the end of the February blog post.

Maybe the punishment should be being forced to suck down a few lungfulls of diesel soot so they can enjoy a week of getting over smoke inhalation.

9watts
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9watts

“the bike cop banged on his window and told him to pull into the shopping center. I watched for a few minutes as the cop was yelling at him for driving like an idiot and that he was using his vehicle as a weapon.”

That reminded me of this:
http://bikeportland.org/2014/04/04/ppb-arrests-woman-for-assault-for-intentionally-ramming-bike-rider-104067

Similar or different? Hm.

jim
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jim

I wish they would make diesels go through DEQ.

Mike Quiglery
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Mike Quiglery

As the old trueism goes, the bigger the pickup, the smaller the …..um, you know…. on the driver.

JebJeb
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JebJeb

As long as drivers are allowed to feel anonymous/autonomous this will continue.

matt picio
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Nathan Hinkle (from The Bike Light Database)
Actually, in Oregon you sort of do.

Actually, in Oregon, you don’t at all. Police can stop anyone at any time for any reason – and arrest those who fail to do so. (note the right to stop someone does not mean the right to detail, or to hold, or to arrest – which are separate rights which have special conditions) Police also have a very broad class of rights which pertain to “in the course of their duties”, which I would point out is not the same as “as required by their duties”. Just like marriage grants more than 200 rights not available to a single person, being a police officer grants dozens of abilities the average citizen has no access to. Joe Average could knock on the driver’s window, and can file a citizen’s initiated citation, but has no means by which to require the driver to pull over, to run their plates, to call for backup, or to arrest the driver if they failed to obey directions.

Technically, these are privileges, not rights – since they only apply as long as an officer is an officer – but the principle still stands. Being a police officer is an EXTREMELY privileged position which provides a lot of options simply not available to 99.25% of the population (on average, there is one officer for every 400 citizens)

Denise
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Denise

Some jack hole did this to the entire Ride The Rockies group on Day 1 of the ride just a few weeks ago. I’d never experienced it before and couldn’t believe someone would be such an ass. I guess it comes down to riders having to take shot from drivers. I’m thankful that’s the worst he did. And then I’m pissed off that I’m thankful I got harassed. WTF is wrong with this country? Dear Red Necks – please all move to one state and let us know so we don’t go there. :-/ smh

Judd for the Defense
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Judd for the Defense

“Police can stop anyone at any time for any reason”. Utter nonsense. The stop of a citizen requires reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime is being/has been committed. Arrest requires probable cause.

Jerryw
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Jerryw

These are the ****s we’re dealing with. This may be your guy on RTR Denise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdDxjge5hmY

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

The smaller the IQ… You could say that.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

K’Tesh
The smaller the IQ… You could say that.
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That was meant to be linked to Mike Quiglery’s comment

Tyler
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Did he get arrested I’m going to assume he got a ticket for sure but tickets sent good enough they need to impound people’s vehicles when they do that does any one no what end punishment was for that person was

Joe
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Joe

Sorry Josh didn’t see ur post.. 🙂

Ronald
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Ronald

While this behavior is childish and not acceptable – perhaps the bikers can stop blowing stop lights. Almost got nailed at the blues fest at the waterfront today. Had he hit me we both would have went down and I would have filed full civil and criminal charges.

bob
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bob

I’ve done it to a few cyclists out by me.. though there’s 100’s of miles of tax paid for trails they chose to ride on the rural roads 3-34 wide blocking traffic… this is the only time I’ve done it. If you can’t respect my right to drive and get where I need to.. then I dont respect yours to breath fresh air..

suckmycoal
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suckmycoal

Sharing the road means sharing the rules, don’t blow through red lights, don’t ride your bike across the crosswalk, ride single file so people can get around you in a safe and timely manner. Just because you ride your bike doesn’t make you better or more important than anyone else.

bob
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bob

I do live on these rural roads and theres nothing here but farms… farms need trucks and tractors to pull equipment and trailers. Also the few times ive done this is when they chose to ride 3- 4 wide not single file. These roads a barley 2 lanes wide. Let me add ive only done this when they know im behind them yet chose to stay in this configuation. If they are curious then I accelerate right before I pass then lift so I coast pass with as little exhaust as i can.

Just putting this out there theres two sides to everything.. btw when I’m pulling and holding thing up I try to move over when I can as two not impede the flow of traffic.

bob
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bob

I never said cyclists are law breakers. If you read what I posted I said a few times… meaning 2-3 times in over 10 years. As for tax paid roads I didn’t say that either. I said tax paid bike trails 100’s of miles paid by our tax dollars. (Paved and ready to go) yet most of the roads I’m drive on are gravel or tarred and chipped as best. …

I guess all I can say is everyone can be an ass. Dont lump us all together and I won’t either.

Btw I have many friend that are cyclist some agree and some disagree with.. funny to say one even told me to do it once when he was with me with the road blocked for over 3/4 before I could pass safely. (I didn’t, but he did yell at them) whole different topic.. oh well I’ll leave your forum. . Have a great day.

Paul Johnson
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Paul Johnson

Beaverton Police wouldn’t have done anything. Presumably since he would have had to slow down slower than the cyclists to get the transmission to shift down far enough to do that, and Murray’s a steep street at pretty much every point along it, he wasn’t speeding, so BPD wouldn’t have cared even if he did run someone over.

Tyler
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If he never got his vehicle towed he probably got fined and embarrassed for being pulled over by a bicycle cop

Sheldon
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My new Silverado just got impounded by bicycle patrol and its a gas I didn’t even blow smoke cause cant my truck was to lound (witch it is kinda loud) passing the two bike cops and the teenager bicyclists biking with them so they confronted me at a stop light detained me gave me a bunch of fines and impounded my truck think it was cause I’m 21 and they were two new cops still on bicycles they looked like there were 19 so just assuming there new cops I even had to go to station for brethalizer but I was sober so was all good get my truck back in 2days so truck owners beware of byicle patrol so if my gas truck was impounded it would make me feel better that I’m not the only guy that’s had a bicycle cop impound there veicle it was embarrassing

GlowBoy
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GlowBoy

Sheldon, for precisely what violations were (1) you fined, and (2) your vehicle impounded? Even if you think they targeted you just because you’re 21, they still have to pin an actual statute to you. Just trying to understand what this has to do with rolling coal.

Or are you posting this just to talk about being pulled over by bicycle cops? Okayyyy, fine, and thanks for sharing … but why on earth would it be more “embarrassing” to have your vehicle impounded by bicycle police than by police in a patrol car? Why would it feel better to know you’re not the only guy? Is there something wimpy about bicycles that threatens the manliness of your truck if they can catch up with you? A little too much of your sense of identity wrapped up in your truck, perhaps? I’d suggest thinking of your vehicle more as just a form of transportation and less as a affirmation of manhood, and not being startled that bicycles can keep up with you in an urban environment.

sheldon
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sheldon
Just saying If he just got wrote up with a ticket he got lucky I did basically same thing sept with a gas truck with straight pipe exhaust and I ended up with a ton of tickets
And my new truck impounded they told me cause of my driving record its going to be impounded for an additional 30 days so I bought mountain bike and have since had a loud truck do what I did to me so I desrved the fines and my truck being impounded I guess and my silverado still sits impouded so ill be on this bike for while longer but still think they picked on me cause im young kid with a nice truck and there kid cops with a dumb badge wanting to get Brownie points
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tyler
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I guess you got punished acordanly Sheldon but what tickets did you get for just flooring in past byclist in loud truck

Colby
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That’s good you got your truck impounded Sheldon for doing what you did and we can only hope this guys truck was to they need more bicycle cops

Brad
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If I was old enough to be a cop and that was me I would have slapped the handcuffs on that guy supper fast

Don
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REPORT SUCH TERRORISTS
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/report-environmental-violations

ter·ror·ism
ˈterəˌrizəm/
noun
the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.