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Old 07-20-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Man Accused of Doing 400-yard Motorcycle Wheelie

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Man Accused of Doing 400-yard Motorcycle Wheelie
Charged With Reckless Driving

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Police in Cookeville, Tennessee said they arrested a man after observing him doing a 400-yard wheelie on his motorcycle. The man, 29, was charged with reckless driving.

Officers said the man had done similar driving in the past.

Police quoted him as saying he makes videos for the Internet and had crashed several times.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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400 yds? we got peeps here that can do them for a couple of miles or more.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Motorcycle wheelie leads to arrest
Mary Jo Denton
Herald-Citizen Staff
Thursday, Jul 17, 2008
COOKEVILLE -- Doing wheelies on a motorcycle on S. Jefferson Ave. got a Sparta man arrested Tuesday, police said.

Andrew Stricklen, 29, of Janice Drive, Sparta, was charged with reckless driving in the incident, according to a report by Cookeville Police Officer Cary Matheney.

Officer Matheney said he was on his way to work that day about 1 p.m., driving his personal vehicle when he saw Andrew Stricklen "on his 1997 silver Kawasaki motorcycle ride a wheelie from the hill at the water treatment facility on S. Jefferson Ave. to the area of 1846 S. Jefferson."

A warrant the officer later took alleges that the cycle's front tire was off the ground for roughly 400 yards.

"There was steady traffic in both directions of travel," Officer Matheney's report says.

"After Mr. Stricklen set the bike back down, a state trooper passed by and Mr. Stricklen rode with his head turned observing the actions of the trooper."

Allegedly, when Stricklen approached double lanes of traffic, he "began to dart from lane to lane with little or no regard to other motorists," the officer wrote in his report.

Because he was in his personal vehicle, the officer could not initiate a traffic stop, but as soon as he checked in at the police station, he went to the court clerk's office and took out a warrant against Stricklen.

He said he recognized Stricklen from a previous similar incident in which he had cited him for a traffic offense.

"He told me at that time that he makes Youtube videos and that he had crashed several times before," the officer noted in the report.

On Tuesday, Stricklen was booked at the Putnam jail on the reckless driving charge.

His bond was set at $2,500, and he is to appear in General Sessions Court July 18.
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400 yards? Why didn't the officer use a useful unit of measurement like furlongs? WTF?
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
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i don't think an officer should be able to request a warrant for something they witnessed while off duty.....why can't I arrest a cop for speeding through town without siren or lights? or the good ol' classic, turning the lights on to run a red and turning them off as soon as they're through the intersection.......
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That's kinda scary thinking about all the off duty officers I'm sure I've cruised past on the highways, etc. All they have to do is go in and issue a warrant

I'm sure 90% of the time it wouldn't hold up in court due to the fact they don't have radar, video, etc in their personal cars but it would still be a huge waste of time and potential $$$ having to fight it in court.
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i don't think an officer should be able to request a warrant for something they witnessed while off duty....
I'm with you on that one, but I'm interested to hear other opinions. Cops are cops all the time, on duty or off, but I think that's crossing the line. If I cut one off in traffic all he has to do is say I was riding wheelies, too much potential for corruption if you ask me.
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I'm with you on that one, but I'm interested to hear other opinions. Cops are cops all the time, on duty or off, but I think that's crossing the line. If I cut one off in traffic all he has to do is say I was riding wheelies, too much potential for corruption if you ask me.

i agree....and unfortunately most officers don't need anymore potential for corruption.
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i don't think an officer should be able to request a warrant for something they witnessed while off duty.....why can't I arrest a cop for speeding through town without siren or lights? or the good ol' classic, turning the lights on to run a red and turning them off as soon as they're through the intersection.......
Get the proper information when it happens and you have recourse for filing a complaint etc.
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when i was 16 i was wreckless driving in front of an off duty cop and he got the plate number and then called my dad told him i was driving like a maniac.
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