Long Beach man in road-rage video pleads no contest to misdemeanor

A man shown berating a driver and calling him a “little Asian piece of [expletive]” in a road-rage video that spread across the internet last year has been convicted of a misdemeanor related to the incident, according to court records.

Leroy Zion, 29, pleaded no contest on May 15 to disturbing the peace by offensive language, records show. He was sentenced to two years of probation, a $150 fine and 13 hours of community service, according to the records.

Zion’s case caught wide attention in July last year when another driver posted dash-cam video of Zion cutting him off and confronting him in Signal Hill.

The other drive, Robin Lim, previously told the Post he’d tried to go around Zion’s SUV, thinking it was turning right off of Orange Avenue near the 405 Freeway. After this, the dash-cam video shows the SUV swerving in front of Lim and forcing him to stop.

The driver gets out and yells, “Learn how to [expletive] drive you piece of [expletive],” at Lim.

Lim said the driver also yanked on his car door handle, at one point calling Lim a “little Asian piece of [expletive],” and saying, “What you gonna do?”

Zion eventually drives off after Lim repeatedly asks him to stop.

Neither Lim or Zion returned messages left Thursday morning.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.