Monday, February 16, 2009

withe the great words of Red (that 70's show)


FORT WORTH — A 23-year-old bicyclist rode right into trouble this week after making an apparent smart-aleck remark.
According to a report, a police officer had detained five people on a curb after a traffic stop in the 3900 block of White Settlement Road when the cyclist rode by them about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"Did y’all read them their rights first?" the cyclist said loudly as he pedaled past.

The remark drew the attention of the officer, who called for the cyclist to stop. "You don’t have a headlight on that bike," the officer said, according to the report.

Riding a bicycle without a headlight at night violates the Texas Transportation Code, the report states.

Things continued downhill when the cyclist ignored the officer and kept pedaling, prompting another officer to turn on his patrol car’s lights and chase the cyclist, the report states. Soon, another officer joined the pursuit.

The cyclist looked back at the pursuing officer, pedaled faster, hopped a curb, and rode through several driveways and yards. He stopped in the 3900 block of Monticello Drive, took off his backpack, threw his bike down and asked officers, "Why are y’all stopping me?"

The man was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest/detention.

But his troubles weren’t over.

According to the report, officers spotted the handle of a Glock pistol protruding from a mesh pocket on the man’s backpack. According to the report, the man has a concealed-handgun license. But because the gun was not concealed, he was also arrested on suspicion of unlawfully carrying a weapon by a license holder.

He was charged with both misdemeanors Thursday, court records show.

If you're going to carry a gun, don't taunt the cops.....

til next time



Joe D said...

I would revise that to say "Don't taunt the cops, period."

They don't really need much of an excuse to mess with you, so don't give them one.

dougmc said...

Well, you ought to be able to taunt the cops -- and a question like `did you read them their rights?' is perfectly valid -- even if it is smart-assed.

But it would be wise to not draw cop attention to yourself while you're obviously breaking the law (no light), and to especially not when you're carrying a weapon illegally (though from what I read in the article, it's not clear that the `not concealed' charge will stick. I assume the rider had a concealed carry license ...)

As for running from the cops, that's what he's likely to get in the most trouble for (assuming that he does have a concealed carry license, of course.) It's another bad idea ...

But taunting the police, that should be fair game. But do be aware -- there may be consequences!

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