What would you do if a driver dangerously close-passed you and then threatened to have you mauled by his dog? Maybe just hope he actually doesn't do it and then report it to the police? Well, road.cc reader James did all of that, but the West Midlands Police weren't of much help to him in the aftermath...
The incident took place on 5 July in Coventry, with the cyclist sharing the footage on YouTube yesterday after the police force told him that no further action would be taken against the driver as they were unable to trace him due to an unregistered licence plate.
James was riding along Stoney Stanton Road when the driver overtook him while another car was approaching from the opposite direction, leaving the cyclist almost no room on the road — only for James to catch up with the driver and move ahead of him within half a minute as he waited at a traffic light.
He set off on his way once again, but around two minutes later, the driver who had been behind him all this time, tried to pass James once again at the next set of traffic lights, but had nowhere to go this time.
As the cyclist read out the licence plate of the car, the driver got out and said, "What're you looking at... I'll set my dog on you, you daft c***!", before proceeding to usher the dog a little bit out of the door and give the cyclist a glimpse of what seemed like either a Labrador or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or something in between).
Upon getting back home (fortunately without any brawls with a dog), James reported the incident via 101 and West Midlands Police assigned a police officer to the case.
He told road.cc that the police officer contacted him and informed that the driver was known to police and they were trying to get in contact with him with no success. However, when he reached out to the force a month later for an update, they told him that they still hadn't been able to make contact with the driver, but were going to attempt a few more times and then issue a warrant for his arrest.
"That was the last I heard until this week when an officer contacted me to tell me there'd be no further action on this because they had been unable to identify the driver," he said.
James said: "I did ask why I'd previously been told the driver was known to them and he told me that the person identified as the driver was a 25-year-old male and really wasn't the driver - officer was unsure how this mistake had been made.
"The lack of a registered keeper is something I've seen several times now, I'm not sure how a vehicle comes to be unregistered but it's not that unusual."
He also added: "My first contact from WMP told me this was going to be charged as a public order offence. I suggested it would be best disposed of as a community resolution (assuming this was deemed suitable) and the officer agreed.
"While I would have gone to court, and have several times for other incidents, I didn't want to go to court for this tone because the magistrate/judge may just decide that the best course of action would be to put the dog down (unlikely but possible)."
Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.