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Police: Portland driver purposely swerved to hit cyclist

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A driver in Portland is accused of purposely swerving to hit a bicyclist.

Police were called to the scene at Southwest Broadway and Jackson Street at 12 p.m. Thursday.

Officers located the victim, Brian Groce, 47, of Portland. Police said he was hurt, but his injuries were not serious.

He told investigators that a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta cut him off in traffic earlier, so he rode up to the car and told the woman behind the wheel that she had almost hit him.

Groce said she responded by honking her horn at him.

Groce and the driver, identified by police as Celine Geday, 29, both headed east on Jackson Street and stopped for a red light at Broadway.

Groce said he again told the driver she had almost hit him.

When the light turned green, police said Geday swerved left and knocked him off his bike as they both began to cross Broadway.

Based on Groce's report, along with independent witness statements indicating the crash was intentional, assault detectives were consulted rather than traffic investigators.

Police said Geday stopped her car at the scene after the collision. She was arrested on the charge of second-degree assault and booked in the Multnomah County Jail.

On Friday, the district attorney filed a no complaint order in the case, meaning criminal charges will not be pursued at this time, but charges still could be filed at a later date. Geday was set to be released from jail Friday night.

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