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Viral video captures Loudoun County road-rage incident

STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- A near-collision between the driver of a Jeep and a teenage pedestrian set off a profane tirade captured on video by a passing motorcyclist.

The driver's rant has now gone viral, with more than 100,000 people viewing it in just a few days online.

Michael Crawford recorded the video with a small camera mounted to his motorcycle helmet on Thursday afternoon. He told WUSA9 in an exclusive interview that his attention was drawn to the threats being made by the driver against the teenager, whom he had nearly hit in the crosswalk at Algonkian and Cascades.

"He started yelling at me, and I figured maybe I should go over and let him know he's being recorded and that there's another adult present and hopefully de-escalate the situation," Crawford explained. "I figured if I stayed on the bike he's going to kind of understand I'm not getting off my bike to start an altercation. I just want him to calm down."

WARNING: The YouTube video contains strong and graphic language, watch it here»

But the presence of the camera seemed to have the opposite of the intended effect upon the unidentified driver – who grew increasingly agitated as the trio waited for Sheriff's deputies to arrive. The driver threatened to file charges against Crawford for harassment, and accused him of bullying and of recording him illegally.

Crawford was undeterred, saying he felt his presence there protected the teen.

"I have four kids. You don't yell at other people's kids. You don't do it. Period," Crawford said. "You just don't do it. There's no excuse for it, period."

Crawford said sheriff's deputies eventually arrived to take down everyone's information, but it appeared no crime had been committed and cooler heads prevailed. Spokespeople for the Loudoun County Sheriff's department did not immediately return requests for comment.

The video has been widely viewed in the communities near where it was recorded. Two women interview by WUSA9 at the intersection said they had seen it on Facebook.

"I couldn't believe it. I had seen several postings about it, about what an outrage it was, and I thought: how bad could it be, right? So I watched it and I could not believe how bad it was," said Espe Labate. "The guy was out of control."

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