A Chevy Avalanche driver in Portland, Oregon drove down a parade route during a road rage incident, causing parade watchers to run for safety. Luckily, no one was hurt, and the whole thing was captured on camera. Now, the driver is facing a long list of charges, including attempted assault and reckless endangerment.
The incident occurred this past June after 42-year-old driver Sidney Mecham became enraged at street closures and congestion resulting from Portland’s annual Grand Floral Parade. Mecham’s dash cams were rolling when the Chevy Avalanche driver decided to smash through blockades onto the parade route, sending pedestrians scrambling.
The dash cam footage was obtained by NBC-affiliate KGW and was submitted as evidence by prosecutors. In the video, Mecham is seen talking on his cell phone from behind the wheel of the Chevy Avalanche, complaining about the road closures. Mecham starts yelling in rage, then flips off road workers, screaming out the window.
Mecham is then seen bowling over traffic cones before he rides up onto the shoulder to pass trucks blocking a highway exit ramp. The Chevy Avalanche then enters the parade route, with onlookers diving out of the way. A Portland law enforcement officer is seen chasing the pickup on a police motorcycle, maneuvering around to the front of the truck in an attempt to get the driver to stop.
Mecham fails to stop, even when an unmarked police vehicle joins the chase. Mecham eventually parks the Avalanche on an adjacent street, and was later arrested.
Mecham now faces 38 charges over the incident, and has plead not guilty. Police say Mecham was driving on a suspended license and did not have insurance. According to NBC, Mecham has been in and out of prison and juvenile detention since he was 15 years old.
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