Video Captures an Extreme Case of Tire-Squealing Road Rage

A driver was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the bizarre case of road rage in North Hollywood

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A San Fernando Valley intersection was filled with tire smoke and rage Monday in a bizarre car-to-pickup confrontation that was caught on camera.

The video was a key piece of evidence that led to an arrest shortly after the altercation.

In the video taken Monday evening at Victory and Laurel Canyon boulevards, a driver in a white BMW sedan can be seen pushing a pickup through an intersection. The BMW's driver's side door was open and part of its dislodged front bumper was dangling as its shrieking rear tires created a cloud of smoke at the busy intersection.

"For whatever reason, they might be having a bad day, they might be late for something -- and tempers flare," said LAP detective Dan Fournier.

Several 911 calls came from near the intersection, police said.

The BMW then crashed into the side of the pickup in a crunch of metal as the two continued down the North Hollywood street.

It was not clear whether any other vehicles were damaged.


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The BMW driver was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was identified as 27-year-old David Zulalyan, of Van Nuys.

He stayed at the scene and claimed the pick-up driver sideswiped him, police said, adding that there was no evidence of an earlier crash.

"There was no denial," Fournier said. "He claimed there was a prior traffic collision, and that our victim was running from that."

It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney. Zulalyan was released on bond and scheduled to appear in court later this month.

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