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Road-raging biker threatened with gun on Harney Street

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Reportedly, a weapon was pulled -- but there were no witnesses to corroborate it

DAVID F. ASHTON - A police officer takes the statements of both the truck driver and the motorcyclist after a roadway tussle on Harney Street. When the driver of a pickup truck and motorcycle scrapped on Tuesday afternoon, April 11, the situation had the potential to spin out of control as one of the drivers brandished a pistol.

It started on S.E. Harney Street near S.E. 45th Avenue – and ended across from the former White Stag headquarters building – with both drivers stopped at the side of the road, speaking with police officers.

"The driver of the truck called 9-1-1 and reported that a motorcyclist had slapped a side mirror on his truck," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Burley.

After that happened, the truck and motorcycle brushed each other at one point, Burley told THE BEE.

With a weapon in play, five Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers responded to the area.

"After the minor collision, the motorist stopped the motorcyclist and pointed his firearm at him," Burley said. "But just before an officer arrived, the motorist secured his firearm."

The officer got both persons' statements, but was unable to locate any witnesses to the imbroglio to corroborate what had happened. As a result, "There were no injuries, and no citations or charges issued," Burley concluded.