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Local cyclists the target of attacks

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Cyclist Vernon Town Cyclist Vernon Town
Officer Chris Morris, Oldham County Police Officer Chris Morris, Oldham County Police

Reporter:  Jennifer Baileys - Jbaileys@Fox41.com

LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB, FOX41) - Cyclists are being targeted by a driver who Oldham County Police say is trying to run riders off the road intentionally.

The latest incident was reported to police Monday evening.  Investigators said it's not a game of chicken, it is serious.

Cyclists are now on edge.

"I've ridden over 2,000 miles in the last several months," said Vernon Town, cyclist.

Many of those miles have been on the very same roads cyclists have been forced off of in recent weeks.

"We have issues a lot, there's a lot of times people intentionally cut really close," Town said.

He tells Fox 41 news of a driver targeting bicyclists did not surprise him.

"I mean people typically do it in a spontaneous way, it's a whole other thing to be doing it some sort of premeditated," Town said.

Oldham County Police describe the driver as a white man about 30 years old.  The truck is described as a red Dodge Ram with a specialized license plate called a farm tag.

"He would go around them and slam on the brakes causing them to almost run into the back of the truck or he's coming at them head on into their lane trying to get them off the roadway," said Officer Chris Morris, Oldham County Police.

Investigators said the driver is targeting cyclists on Todd's Point, Highway 22, Mt. Zion Road and Highway 42.

Cyclists in all areas are being warned to be alert because Officer Morris said trucks matching the description have been seen in the Louisville Metro and Shelby County areas.

"We've also got information that there may be a small dent on the front quarter panel as well as scratches on the tailgate," said Morris.

It may be difficult for police to track the vehicle or driver down because just in Oldham County, investigators tell Fox 41 there are more than 70 trucks that fit the description.

As the search continues, Town said he won't let this keep him from his love of cycling.  

"I wish he would deal with his problems whatever they are if he's taking it out on us I'm sure it's got nothing to do with cyclists it's just that we're vulnerable," Town said.

The suspect faces multiple charges of wanton endangerment.

Anyone with information about the driver or tuck should contact the police.

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