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A case of bicycle road rage in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A man has been arrested in an unusual case of bicycle road rage.

Dale Arthur Single, 55, of 5141 70th St. N, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of criminal mischief.

Single is accused of using his hand to crack the windshield of a car trying to pass his bicycle at 34th Street and 53rd Avenue N on Sunday. He was arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies after he wielded a handgun and a phony badge.

Deputies say Meluvdin Rahimic, 28, and Cristobal Santiago, 30, both of Pinellas Park, pulled up behind Single and honked at him around 2 p.m. on Sunday as he weaved his bicycle through traffic north on 34th Street. Single damaged Radimic's windshield with a hand slap and fled.

Officials say Rahimic called 911 and followed Single to the side of the road at 53rd Avenue, where Single revealed a pistol and "pointed it at the victims in a threatening manner." The suspect waved a badge at the men, who could also see a pair of handcuffs.

The men retreated and deputies arrested Single at 54th Avenue and 37th Street N. Deputies recovered the gun, handcuffs and a novelty badge in a fanny pack he was carrying.

A case of bicycle road rage in St. Petersburg 08/03/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009 11:29am]
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