BARNARD WAY — In what a bicycle blogger called a clear case of road rage, a driver was arrested last week for allegedly driving his car into a cyclist riding on the 2600 block of Barnard Way.

Santa Monica police said Jeffrey Ray Adams, 41, of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon on Thursday, Aug. 26 at approximately 6:24 p.m. He was later released on $30,000 bail. He is expected to be arraigned Sept. 26.

Adams was driving south on Barnard Way alongside the cyclist when the two began arguing. Allegedly Adams cut off the cyclist, making a hard left from the right lane into the median lane. The cyclist, who was reportedly traveling at 25 mph, crashed into the hood of the car and went flying into the northbound traffic lane.

The cyclist was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

“My back is killing me, my leg is killing me,” the 46-year-old cyclist can be heard saying in a video he posted on YouTube and is available at bikesidela.org, a bicycle blog. On the biker blog, the author of a post said the incident is a “clear cut case of Dr. Christopher Thompson road rage.”

Thompson was sentenced in January to five years in prison for assaulting two cyclists by slamming on his car brakes after a confrontation on a narrow Brentwood road.

In the video, Adams is heard saying, “You’re lucky you’re alive right now,” and “He ran into me.”

The video, which shows Adams’ grey car parked in a center turn lane at an angle with the victim’s bicycle lying next to it, lasts for roughly 9 minutes and features the driver and several bystanders, some of whom confront Adams and challenge him to a fight.

“You can’t attack somebody and go over a double yellow line,” one bystander shouts.

Adams tells the injured bicyclist, who is sitting on the adjacent sidewalk, “Don’t you come after me ever again. You’re lucky you’re alive right now.”

Barnard Way, a designated bike route, is a relatively low-speed stretch of road that winds along the scenic coastline.

As of last month, there have been 70 bicycle accidents in Santa Monica so far this year, 29 of which were the fault of the motorist, police said.

The City Council last week endorsed a draft Bicycle Action Plan which includes more designated bike lanes and education programs to encourage biking while also making it safer for all those on the road.

kevinh@www.smdp.com

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