August 4, 2009

Bicyclist allegedly pointed gun at car

Authorities in Florida said a bicyclist who cracked the windshield of a car with his hand pointed a gun and flashed a fake badge at the vehicle's occupants.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said Dale Arthur Single, 55, allegedly used his hand to crack the windshield of a car that was attempting to pass him Sunday in St. Petersburg, the St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday.

Meluvdin Rahimic, 28, the driver of the car, dialed 911 and followed the bicyclist until Single brandished a pistol and pointed it at the victims in a threatening manner, the deputies said.

Rahimic and passenger Cristobal Santiago, 30, said Single waved a badge at them as they left the scene.

Deputies caught up with Single and he was found to be in possession of the gun, a pair of handcuffs and a novelty badge. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of criminal mischief.