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Cyclist Cited After Hitting Del. Police Vehicle

Updated: July 10, 2013 06:01 PM EDT
(Photo: MGN) (Photo: MGN)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.– Delaware State Police say a Rehoboth Beach man was cited for bicycling under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday after he crashed into a trooper's marked patrol vehicle that had pulled onto the side of the road.

Delaware State Police say that at around 1:30 a.m., a trooper was on patrol in the area of Coastal Highway between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach when a bicyclist was observed  traveling northbound without a headlight, weaving in and out of the travel lane, and texting.  The trooper pulled in front of the bicycle and activated the emergency lights of the police vehicle, described as a fully marked Chevrolet Tahoe. Police said when the trooper got out of the Tahoe and went to the rear in order to tell the cyclist to stop, the cyclist pedaled past the trooper and struck the back of the SUV.

The cyclist, 22-year-old Huseylin Uysal, was thrown over the handlebars on impact and onto the road near the driver's side door.  The trooper gave Uysal first aid and helped them back to the curb.  Uysal was not injured, according to police.

Police said the trooper smelled the odor of alcohol. In addition to being cited for bicycling under the influence, Uysal was also issued citations for failure to remain in a single lane and bicycle not equipped with a light.

Troopers want to remind bicyclists to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights.  Also, stay in your lane, do not ride on the sidewalk if you are an adult, and avoid distracted riding as you would in a car.

Police also say adding white front lights and red back lights, plus reflective tape or clothing, can improve your visibility to motorists. It is against Delaware law to operate a bicycle at night without a front headlight.

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