Camera catches road rage in Sandy Springs

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Sandy Springs police are searching for a biker after a bad case of road rage was captured on video.
 

Pat Hagan told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik he was driving home from an errand Tuesday when the motorcyclist began to chase him because he didn’t drive forward quickly enough at a light change.
 
“Laid on his horn,” the Sandy Springs man said.  “He was furious.”
 
Hagan said he drives with a GoPro camera mounted on his dashboard because in the off chance he ever gets into an accident “it’ll be good evidence.”
 
The video shows the motorcyclist speeding up and driving alongside Hagan’s car, cursing at him and demanding he pull over.
 
“’Get off the road, get over here I’m gonna teach you a lesson,’ things like that,” Hagan said.  “Just verbally threatening me.  I felt very frightened.”
 
At the next light, the video shows the biker back up to Hagan’s driver’s side and continue to verbally assault him before taking off. 
 
Hagan called 911 and gave police the biker’s tag number and description.  He plans to turn his video over to detectives.
 
“I don’t want people like this running around Sandy Springs intimidating people,” he said.  “I wouldn’t have been at all shocked if he pulled out a gun and shot at me.”
 
Petchenik showed the video to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon, who said he believed the biker committed the crime of “terroristic acts and threats,” which is a felony.
 
“These road-rage incidents can quickly get out of control,” Momon said.
 
Momon believes Hagan handled the situation well, but suggests drivers shouldn’t yell back at each other, which can only further escalate an already dangerous situation. 
 
He suggest safely getting a tag number and calling 911 to alert police to the situation.  He said Hagan’s documentation of the incident will help detectives.
 
“With the tag number, video of the person’s actions, audio, there’s good solvability on that, if the person can be located,” he said.