ST. GEORGE — Officers had to threaten an upset bicyclist with arrest Thursday afternoon to get him to calm down after the man was involved in a collision at the intersection of 3580 South and Little Valley Road in St. George.
Just before 4 p.m., the man was riding his bicycle southbound on a sidewalk, traveling opposite of traffic flow, on Little Valley Road, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said.
A woman driving a black passenger car had stopped at a stop sign on 3580 South and then proceeded forward after checking that the road was clear. However, the man on the bike left the sidewalk and illegally crossed in front of her, and she struck him with her vehicle, Triplett said.
After the incident, the man demanded that 911 not be called. When officers arrived at the scene, he became irate and began yelling and swearing at them. The officers threatened to take him to jail if he didn’t calm down.
The man complained of leg pain after the collision but refused medical treatment, Triplett said.
The man was cited for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road and for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.
“Bikes have to operate like vehicles do,” Triplett said. “They have to be operated on the road just like a car.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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