Tallahassee Officer Booked on Charges of Aggravated Assault

Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 13:10:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A Tallahassee Police Officer has been booked into Leon County Jail after a road rage incident last Friday. Officer Jim Harris is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Reports state that the victim was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Lonnbladh Road and Metropolitan Boulevard when Officer Harris, who was in his personal car and off duty, closely approached him. The victim reported to police that he slapped the vehicle because he thought the driver did not see him.

According to documents released by the department, Harris stopped his car, blocked the cyclist from continuing, and began yelling and cursing at him.

Reports say that, Harris then grabbed the cyclist and caused him to fall off of his bike. After an exchange of words, the cyclist continued to ride, but the vehicle caught up with him a second time, said police.

According to the incident report, Harris drove towards the cyclist another time, which caused the cyclist to swerve off the road. The cyclist caught up with the car and took pictures of the vehicle and the driver with his cell phone at a red light.

When the cyclist showed the pictures of the driver and vehicle to the responding Officer, the vehicle's tag was checked for return-of-information, and was seen to belong to James Harris, a Tallahassee Police Officer.

Documents say that a witness to the altercation swore that she believed the driver had been trying to run the cyclist over with his car.

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