Emboldened bikers taunting an officer? A group of stunt bikers, popping wheelies and rabidly weaving through lanes with reckless abandon, taunted a CHP officer on his motorcycle, who initially had his siren on with the aim of pulling the impetuous bikers over. But the stats evidently got the better of the cop – reports say the bikers numbered at least 50, and against one lone cop with good intentions but realistic concerns for his own safety, he allowed the stunt bikers to shoo him away.
Writes NBC Bay Area on Oct. 23: “CHP Officer Ross Lee said [CHP] was alerted to the video…posted on Oct. 21 and by Thursday had nearly 250,000 hits on YouTube. Lee said it was taken on Oct. 11, in the afternoon, when about 50 riders were traveling south on Interstate 680 in San Jose. The riders can be seen standing on their bikes, driving in between cars and refusing to stop when the unnamed CHP officer tells them to.”
Video taken by one of the bikers shows them hurtling down the I-680 in Milpitas and San Jose in their crotch rockets, pulling stunts, yanking wheelies and acting like typical asinine fools when the CHP officer tried, and failed, to get some of them to pull over.
Incredulously, and undoubtedly goaded on by the pack of two-wheeled cronies, not only did the man filming the incident or his friends fail to stop, but they rode up close to the officer, exchanged words, and then literally told him to scram – and he did! The bikers fist-pump in jubilation and then go on terrifying motorists.
The anonymous bikers may not prove to be so nameless. The CHP said they are actively reviewing the video and talking to potential witnesses to identify the men. If caught, charges of evading and reckless driving may be forthcoming.
“The officer was telling him to slow down to stop driving recklessly. He was making some statements about the safety and illegal aspect of the way they were driving,” Ross said.
Adds NBC: “The person who posted the video, GuruStunts, emailed back and forth with NBC Bay Area on Thursday. He did not want his real name to be used, and he insisted that he didn’t take the video, was not part of the ride and has no affiliation with them…The stunt team began releasing underground films in 2000, the website states, and its riders travel the country ‘living through every experience like its our last.’”
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We’ve all seen the irrational, hazardous driving of some individuals on motorcycles, street bikes especially. Speeding, dodging in and out of traffic with no regard to themselves or other motorists; the exhilaration of speed is paramount and potential consequences are minimized.
Did the officer do the right thing? If so, for who? Himself or the public he’s protecting? Stunt bikers who taunted the officer: Sound off below with your thoughts.