WEST SACRAMENTO—Arraignment continues for a West Sacramento teacher who has been accused of hitting three bicyclists Saturday night, June 14, in midtown Sacramento in a road rage incident.
Wesley Cuong Tran, 31, faces felony charges and remains in Sacramento County jail accused of driving under the influence and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, an officer spotted Tran’s vehicle speeding south, in the wrong direction, on 21st Street near L Street at approximately 11 p.m. on Saturday. The car then turned west on L Street and apparently tried to go south on 20th Street when it hit two bicyclists, injuring one of them.
The officer learned that Tran had an argument with another bicyclist earlier in the evening and that Tran said the bicyclist punctured a tire on his vehicle. After Tran changed the tire, police said he looked for the bicyclist, found him, and intentionally hit him with his car.
Tran refused an interview with The Sacramento Bee on Monday. In a video interview with TV station KOVR 13 on Sunday, Tran said, “I was just trying to get somewhere, and I get my car busted and my tire slashed.”
He said two people harassed him as he was changing the tire. The encounter began as a “little bit of road rage” and escalated, he said.
Tran is a teacher at the Washington Unified School District’s Yolo Education Center in West Sacramento, which offers alternative education programs.
The bicyclist involved in the initial encounter suffered a head injury, police said, and one of the other two bicyclists had a minor injury. The third was not hurt. The bicyclists were not identified.
Sacramento Police Spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said the incident remains under investigation.
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