Poppin’ Wheelies

May 31, 2007 at 5:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Hey cool, I (almost) saw this happen!

At 5:38 p.m., a trooper saw a motorcyclist popping wheelies near 27th Street and Old Cheney Road, said spokeswoman Deb Collins.

When the trooper tried to stop the man, he fled, resulting in a short chase that included the assistance of a State Patrol helicopter, Collins said.

I saw the trooper driving strangely at 48th and Highway 2 just minutes later, and just before 7:00 I saw a patrol car parked in the median near 27th and Pine Lake Road. I was confused about why the State Patrol seemed to be doing traffic work in the city.

One thing about this bugs me: why the helicopter? Since when does a doofus on a bike require the trouble and expense of a helicopter search? Yeah, I know, the biker ran away from the cops. But what were the odds that a helicopter search would find the guy? Surely pretty low in this sort of a situation. Assuming there wasn’t reason to believe the biker was linked to a more serious crime, I’m inclined to call the helicopter search a waste. Indeed, it was citizens on the ground who cracked the case:

After troopers ended the pursuit, the patrol started receiving calls from neighbors in the area who said the knew where the bike and driver were, Collins said.

The motorcycle was later found at a home on Birch Creek Drive, and around 7:30 p.m., police arrested the driver at his home on Coronado Drive, Collins said.

Timothy Wright, 19, was arrested and jailed on suspicion of speeding and fleeing to avoid arrest, Collins said. Wright does not have motorcycle license, she said.

I have to wonder if Wright’s neighbors weren’t tickled to finally nail a neighborhood menace.

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foxspit May 31, 2007 at 8:41pm

I saw the helicopter hovering around overhead and wondered what the heck was going on.  Pretty cool!  Yeah, it seems like overkill, but I’m glad they nailed the guy.

Duffman May 31, 2007 at 9:48pm

I liked that on the news they said the helicopter was purchased with money seized from drug deals.

Mr. Wilson June 1, 2007 at 12:33am

I liked that on the news they said the helicopter was purchased with money seized from drug deals.

Nice. I wonder if that includes the money they stole from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez?

Dave K June 1, 2007 at 2:21am

I hope they used that $125k to buy more drug-sniffing dogs.  They could just consider it an investment if they teach the dogs to “find drugs” every time they smell money.

Robes June 1, 2007 at 6:05am

I know that the person who was arrested was a neighbor to the rents, it is about time that this person was arrested.  I remember when he was a rebellious 12 year old.

As to the use of the helo, it was probably doing proficiency training at the time.

Mrs. CU June 1, 2007 at 3:43pm

OK, so this “Juvie” lives down the street from me. 
He’s been a pain since he was little.  Dad is a “Person of Authority” who wears a uniform and badge.  Daddy would stand outside while “Juvie” and his friends would ride the streets on those little scooters (often with one standing.)  More than once they purposely would circle in front of our driveway just as we wanted to pull in and they occassionally played “chicken” with cars coming down the street.
Last summer the “Juvie” was under house arrest and his friends would be at the house playing music outside that was so loud our windows would shake.
Daddy claims “he can’t control the kid.”
Police were called a few times, nothing done.

bossyboss June 1, 2007 at 3:46pm

Maybe he’s a Turko Jr

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