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State Patrol issues citation to driver in ‘horn rage’ incident

Bicyclist videotapes driver honking his horn at them. Image from YouTube. Sep. 16, 2012

Bicyclist videotapes driver honking his horn at them. Image from YouTube. Sep. 16, 2012

LONGMONT, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol cited a man Wednesday who is accused of blaring his horn over and over again at a couple of bicyclists on a road near Longmont.

Their videotape of the incident Sunday has gone viral on the Internet and it led to the investigation and citation.

James Ernst, 75, of Erie, Colo. was issued a citation for harassment (two charges), impeding the flow of traffic and improper use of a horn or warning device.

The two minute long video, which can be seen below, was taken Sunday morning by two professional cyclists on a small two lane road east of  Longmont and near Erie.

“It just wouldn’t let up, it was absolutely insane,” said Dirk Friel about the nonstop honking and close call all caught on tape.

“The ones that come really close to you and then they’re on their horn…that’s the scariest ones of all,” added Friel.

The driver, seen in the video behind the wheel of a Ford SUV, declined to speak to FOX31 Denver about the situation Tuesday.