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Old 09-26-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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A man is behind bars after deputies say he was caught on a stolen motorcycle and ran away when deputies tried to arrest him.

Richard Leon McSwain, 42, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony evading.

On Sept. 23 a deputy spotted McSwain in the 19500 block of I-45 North with a motorcycle that matched the description of a reported stolen vehicle. The deputy started chasing McSwain and eventually found the motorcycle off a dirt path near the Gander Mountain on Cypresswood and the North Freeway.

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Deputies determined McSwain took off on foot, so they set up a perimeter. A police K-9 spotted McSwain in a grassy area and he was arrested. He is being held in the Harris County Jail.

Deputies say the Harley Davidson McSwain was driving was stolen from a restaurant in the 2000 block of FM 1960 West.
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"Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle"

Is this supposed to mean they don't have evidence to charge him with the actual theft, just for riding the stolen bike?
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^ Not sure about that,

but im curious since he was spotted on bike that was reported stolen
and i doubt that police memorize all the makes/models of bike thefts in the city,

does this mean that the bike was stolen a matter of hours prior and recovered in the same day?

if so, it may be pertinent to find out and report that your bike is stolen as close to the time of theft as nearly possible so police can be on the look out for any thief riding a bike of its description.

i wish they would've mentioned whether this was the case in the news article.
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"Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle"

Is this supposed to mean they don't have evidence to charge him with the actual theft, just for riding the stolen bike?
Unauthorized use is basically the charge they use for stealing a car/motorcycle or whatever.
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^ Not sure about that,

but im curious since he was spotted on bike that was reported stolen
and i doubt that police memorize all the makes/models of bike thefts in the city,

does this mean that the bike was stolen a matter of hours prior and recovered in the same day?

if so, it may be pertinent to find out and report that your bike is stolen as close to the time of theft as nearly possible so police can be on the look out for any thief riding a bike of its description.

i wish they would've mentioned whether this was the case in the news article.
I would put money on the palate readers in the cop cars.. read the plate and alerted the officer it was stolen

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2...nr110207-3.htm
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My son was picked up on one of our own bikes and arrested for theft. He wasn't even riding it at the time. Middle of the afternoon, he rode to a park to meet his GF and show her the paint job, parked it on the street, and they were sitting on a bench.

Pretty soon the popo drove up behind the bike. Ran the plates and got out and checked the VIN. The bike is actually registered to me. He was cuffed and spent a night in the cage. They also charged him with his GF not having a helmet kuz she was under 21. She had her CAR. His license clearly has an "M" on it, but Officer Notbright said my son needed to prove it isn't a fake DL, so he was charged with not having a motorcycle operators license. He didn't have the insurance card, but it was insured. Even after proof, he's still paying off that surcharge 2 years later. They dropped everything, theft, no helmet for his GF, and class M, but they still made him pay the surcharge for not havning insurance. Almost done with the surcharge.

A flat bed came and picked up the bike, had no way to transport it standing up so the guy just "laid it down" on custom paint and strapped it. I had to pay $350 to get it out of the impound yard and another $1800 to get him out of the clink. (I got $1650 back though) Of course it had a cracked fairing and screwed up paint.

He actually didn't do anything wrong - but because of Officer Ike Hatebikers, he was definately guilty. I guess because he wasn't actually riding it at the time, that's why they couldn't get him with "Unauthorized use" and just instantly threw in theft???

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and to top it off the thief looks like a 42 year old 24 year old ^_^
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I would put money on the palate readers in the cop cars.. read the plate and alerted the officer it was stolen

http://www.houstontx.gov/police/nr/2...nr110207-3.htm


thanks for the link that system looks pretty bad if its got 6 cameras and was likely used to catch this guy (means it must work, and pretty well at that) i just wonder whether the cop pulled up behind the guy or whether the camera caught him passing or how exactly it did that.

Does anyone know how to go about getting the police report for incidents like this? are these public records?
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thanks for the link that system looks pretty bad if its got 6 cameras and was likely used to catch this guy (means it must work, and pretty well at that) i just wonder whether the cop pulled up behind the guy or whether the camera caught him passing or how exactly it did that.

Does anyone know how to go about getting the police report for incidents like this? are these public records?
I do not know about the police reports but now our company introduced this "LPR" license plate recognition to our software It's pretty impressive
http://www.video-insight.com
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Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle is the proper charge for any vehicle that is stolen. Period. That's what it is.

Other states have all kinds of other verbage, Grand Theft Auto, whatever. Texas' law is UUMV.

That one blanket charge covers people who grabbed keys, kids who sneak their parent's cars out at night, valets who take vehicles for joyrides, all manner of using a car without the owner's consent. It's all the same thing. What Texas has done is take the "how" out of the equation, and make it all about owner consent.
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Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle is the proper charge for any vehicle that is stolen. Period. That's what it is.

Other states have all kinds of other verbage, Grand Theft Auto, whatever. Texas' law is UUMV.

That one blanket charge covers people who grabbed keys, kids who sneak their parent's cars out at night, valets who take vehicles for joyrides, all manner of using a car without the owner's consent. It's all the same thing. What Texas has done is take the "how" out of the equation, and make it all about owner consent.
Thanks for that.

I guess I've been relying on Law & Order too much in trying to stay up-to-date on legal terminology.
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My son was picked up on one of our own bikes and arrested for theft. He wasn't even riding it at the time. Middle of the afternoon, he rode to a park to meet his GF and show her the paint job, parked it on the street, and they were sitting on a bench.

Pretty soon the popo drove up behind the bike. Ran the plates and got out and checked the VIN. The bike is actually registered to me. He was cuffed and spent a night in the cage. They also charged him with his GF not having a helmet kuz she was under 21. She had her CAR. His license clearly has an "M" on it, but Officer Notbright said my son needed to prove it isn't a fake DL, so he was charged with not having a motorcycle operators license. He didn't have the insurance card, but it was insured. Even after proof, he's still paying off that surcharge 2 years later. They dropped everything, theft, no helmet for his GF, and class M, but they still made him pay the surcharge for not havning insurance. Almost done with the surcharge.

A flat bed came and picked up the bike, had no way to transport it standing up so the guy just "laid it down" on custom paint and strapped it. I had to pay $350 to get it out of the impound yard and another $1800 to get him out of the clink. (I got $1650 back though) Of course it had a cracked fairing and screwed up paint.

He actually didn't do anything wrong - but because of Officer Ike Hatebikers, he was definately guilty. I guess because he wasn't actually riding it at the time, that's why they couldn't get him with "Unauthorized use" and just instantly threw in theft???

They're just racists. They hate racers.....
Wow... that is one genuine swine.
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