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Oakmont road-rage suspect due in court

An elderly Oakmont man who was arrested in connection with an apparent road-rage collision that injured a bicyclist is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Harry E. Smith, 81, is suspected of chasing cyclist Toraj Soltani 100 yards onto the Oakmont Golf Course before hitting him with his car. Smith was arrested Saturday as he was leaving his home in Oakmont.

Police searched the home and found Smith's car, a gold 1997 Toyota Avalon, in the garage. It had a broken passenger-side mirror and debris from the golf course on the undercarriage.

Smith's driver's license had been suspended because of a road-rage incident on Highway 101.

He was booked into Sonoma County jail on $100,000 bail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious bodily harm.


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