RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Warrants were issued Thursday against two Canton men accused of harassing a cyclist on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
It was their Youtube video that got them busted.
The video was posted in June, allegedly by bradrussell5. It's called "A Morning Bike Ride." The truck was traveling on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which is federal property. They passed the sign for the Ridgeland exit then spot their target, a cyclist in the distance.
Ridgeland police said the cyclist was following the rules of the road, and the motorist appeared to be seeking cyclists out with the intent of harassment. According to Ridgeland police, affidavits have been signed against Joel Chandler and Michael Brad Russell. Chandler turned himself in Thursday afternoon to Ridgeland authorities. His bond was set at $1,000. Both are 30 years old and from Canton.
Ridgeland police are charging Chandler and Russell with one count each of willfully disturbing the peace by offensive conduct, but this was a joint investigation. The Natchez Trace Park Service has issued citations and has filed a federal traffic charge against the driver, Joel Chandler, for unsafe operation of his vehicle. All the charges are misdemeanors.
According to Lt. John Neal of the Ridgeland Police Department, both agencies worked hand in hand in identifying and pressing charges against these two men.
The Natchez Trace has been designated as one of the top 10 U.S. Biking routes. When it comes to rules of the road, motorist are supposed to yield to cyclists, and bicycles are considered vehicles.
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