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New video released in Beverly Hills 'road rage' attack

Beverly Hills police have released new video showing a BMW that tried to ram a man on a bicycle into a metal trash bin.

Since April 3, police have been looking for the driver of a newer model, white BMW 328i that was captured on video hitting the bicyclist in an alley of the 9000 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

The new video shows higher quality images of the vehicle and its driver.

Police said it appears the driver deliberately aimed his car at the bicyclist. Authorities consider the hit-and-run to be a road rage-type incident and are seeking the driver on suspicion of attempted murder.

The driver is described as a white or Middle Eastern man in his mid-30s with dark hair, dark eyes and a thin build, police said.

"The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle, pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement.

The driver fled the scene, in an alley off Wilshire Boulevard between Wetherly and Almont drives.

The bicyclist, whom police have not identified, told investigators the incident was sparked by a fight he had earlier with the driver, according to police.

"The bicyclist punched the driver in the face," police said, adding that the driver then "threatened to kill the victim and followed him" into the alley.

The cyclist was treated at a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Eric Hyon at (310) 285-2156.

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