Ride of the Century Aftermath: 47 Arrests, 58 Motorcycles Towed in St. Louis City (REPORTS)

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Danny Wicentowski
2013 Ride of the Century Funfest in Columbia, Illinois.
Ride of the Century 2013 is no more, and last week police made it abundantly clear they would be taking a much harder look at this year's ride and its riders. Arrest data released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department today seems to back up their earlier bluster: There were 47 total arrests and 58 motorcycles towed over the four-day Labor Day weekend. The action began Thursday night when 23 motorcyclists were arrested near I-70 by Salisbury for "careless and reckless driving," and the following days brought more arrests and two deaths -- one involving a rider who allegedly clipped an unmarked cop car on Saturday night.

Here are the official stats from the metro police department:

See Also: Ride of The Century Fatalities, Arrests: Michael Evans Clips Cop Car, Crashes, Police Say

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Arrests - 23 for Careless and Reckless Driving
24 - motorcycles towed

Friday, August 30, 2013
Arrests - 9
8 - Careless and Reckless Driving
1 - Receiving stolen Property + Careless and Reckless Driving (stolen engine on bike)
9 - motorcycles towed

Saturday, August 31
No arrests

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Arrests -15
5 - Tampering 1st Degree (operating a stolen motorcycle)
10 - Various Traffic Charges

25 - Towed motorcycles
5 - Recovered Stolen
10 - Various Traffic Charges
9 - No Plates/Registration/Insurance
1 - Abandoned motorcycle

Total Arrests over four-day period - 47

Total Motorcycles towed over four-day period - 58

See Also: Ride of the Century Riders Pull Safe Stunts in Columbia, Illinois (PHOTOS)

Daily RFT also heard from the St. Louis County Police Department, which made six arrests and towed eight motorcycles from Friday afternoon through Sunday night. According to a spokesperson, all arrests were made for registration violations, and two motorcycles were towed from hotel parking lots at the request of the hotel managers for "missing/not on file VIN's." Though no citations or arrests were made for moving violations (that is, stunting on the highway), Randy Vaughn, county police spokesman, tells Daily RFT that there were three incidents of motorcyclists who opted to make a break for it rather than stop for officers.

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Danny Wicentowski

Responding to widespread concern from riders that police were profiling motorcyclists and harassing innocent riders as well as those breaking the law, Vaughn says, "I understand their point of view in that I would expect that a great majority of the riders coming for the event are law-abiding citizens. But if you've got 100 people riding down the road together, and you've got ten of them stunting on the highway? Honestly, if you want to sleep with dogs it's hard to complain about fleas."

Daily RFT also received preliminary arrest statistics from the Missouri State Highway Patrol covering Friday to Sunday:

19 registration citations
9 no motorcycle endorsement
5 speeding
7 no insurance
8 no driver's license or suspended/revoked
2 misdemeanor warrant arrests
2 misdemeanor drug arrests
1 charged for tampering (1st degree)
1 charge resisting arrest
7 seatbelt violations (escort vehicles)
14 warnings
20 bikes towed

Here's some footage of the ride posted on YouTube.

Continue for more photos of the stunts in Columbia, Illinois.


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ckevinhood
ckevinhood

But if you've got 100 people riding down the road together, and you've got ten of them stunting on the highway? Honestly, if you want to sleep with dogs it's hard to complain about fleas."


Actually, pal, you are the one "with the fleas". That is not only bad law enforcement, that is illegal law enforcement. You have admitted, to the media, that you knowingly arrested people about which you had no probable cause, much less evidence, that they committed a crime.

Scott Smith
Scott Smith

So that's how police work is handled now? Everyone is guilty until proven innocent?

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

If you are willfully breaking the law, putting others in danger and taunting law enforcement, how can you be surprised by being reprimanded.

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

Sorry Steve you already have seen my point of view .

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Indeed, though most murders are between parties who know each other and have a domestic or drug-related reason. It's a consequence of demographics, not something that can usually be prevented by the presence of law enforcement.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

No Jeff, we will not see your point of view. These antics have NO place on our city streets and highways. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to find a safe, closed track for the riders to perform their tricks.

Clint Cox
Clint Cox

Glad I was out of town camping.

Jim Probst
Jim Probst

Jeff, its up to the organization to work with the city. ROC rally cry is F the police. How do you work with people like that? On an already busy weekend of drunken driving, murderous, domestic abusing, dog burning holiday weekend we also get saddled with a thousand motorcyclist that are crying about how they are being treated by the police. Tax income? Look at the number of arrest, traffic violations and stolen bikes. I cant even begin to think about what this event cost our city in overtime and the aftermath in our court system.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

There is nothing stopping motorcyclists from organizing a sanctioned event. For us auto enthusiasts, the support of law enforcement and government is not required because we keep our activities separate from local motorists and freight traffic. We use approved venues that comply with local regulations for safety, noise, and pollution. If you want to use a public road and have it closed off to the public (such events do exist for motorcycles and cars in places that are FAR AWAY from urban traffic), know that you will NEVER be able to use an interstate. Interstates are designated for travel, not motorsports, and form part of the country's national defense network. Put your resources together and organize properly like the rest of us, otherwise accept the legal consequences of your actions.

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

I could not agree more BUT city leaders need to to work with these groups and make fun and for all your leaders in the metro leaders better start opening there minds together and make it work these people over in europe THEY have a ride _ race THE ISLE OF MAN LOOK IT UP on you tube Hell give them some streets have some fun make some money people die every day for worst reason s

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

You have the right to enjoy a sporting event. You do not have the right to take your sporting event to public roads. Find a track, pool your money together, and rent it out for a weekend. If you can't afford it, stay home.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Anyone who does this on a public road should accept the legal and and physical risks and consequences. I'm sure police evasion is a part of the "thrill" for the segment of cycle enthusiasts with underdeveloped frontal lobes.

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

I dont disagree read my post and you will see my point of veiw

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I'm a 4-wheeled auto enthusiast. We learned years ago to take our fun to privately sanctioned track events. It's a good way to exclude the goons who lack insurance and safety gear.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

^ exactly. Accidents happen and they endanger everyone on the road with their stunts. There is a time and place for everything. The highways and city streets are not the place.

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

I am a Professional driver, Ive driven over a million miles safely, yet a few weeks ago I watched as the SUPER CYCLISTS were speeding thru traffic, pulling wheeleie and passing on the emergency lanes, until one overexuberant biker flipped his cycle right under the semi next to me, 80,000 pound of smashed and lifeless ex super cyclist was left in a bloody spot on the road, DEAD....I guess he was cool too...

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

Sure Brian great idea but its the citys that need to work with events instead of bulling people . Its always better to lead someone then to push them And it always healthy for all involved AND LET THE TAX ROLL !

Mandy Jo Sullivan
Mandy Jo Sullivan

There should have been more. I noticed 50+ on Sunday afternoon turning left on a red light (not running) and swerving in and out if cars, speeding, driving in the turn lane and the right side of the road. We called the authorities, but that was jambed with phone calls and by the time I reported it we barely noticed the side street they went down. Just ridiculous!!!

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

How about the organizers come up with something? Meanwhile we should not have to deal with idiots popping wheelies and other dangerous crap on busy highways and streets.

Kristin Scudder
Kristin Scudder

There= a place, as in over there. They're = They are. The plural form of baby is babies. Wine is something you drink and not whine about to your N-e-i-g-h-b-o-r-s.

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

All this and the city still can't go 2 days without a murder!

bthewade
bthewade

Thats the metro area never working to get a long and finding  a solution and get the tax dollars so we can get help for our citys . STL NO. 7  CRIMES PER PERSON EAST STL NO. 1 I think its time to start thinking out side the box . Or change your name ( THE SHOW ME STATE )  HA !

Jeff Wade
Jeff Wade

How about thinking out of the box and give them a place to show there art we sure could use the money and tax dollars . And as far as you CRY BABY S just stay home and talk about your Neighbors or what else you whine about. Thank you Kristin.

Nichole Ann
Nichole Ann

Its a pity they put innocent bystanders at risk... if they didn't, I say let nature take its course and let the idiots weed themselves out. But since that's unrealistic, I was glad to see the increased policing.

Mike Campbell
Mike Campbell

Glad the cops cracked down! I wish this bunch of childish, idiotic show offs would by-pass St. Louis!

Chadlin Rat Andrews
Chadlin Rat Andrews

Glad to hear it.....these riders break the law and pose a risk to other drivers....then bitch and cry about Police arresting them.....Don't get me wrong....the stunts look cool....but there is a time and place for it....and doing 150+ down the highway is just dumb.

Doncar
Doncar

big whining fuckin bitches

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

they certainly capatalized on the crash dummies. Looks like a couple might be paying for a couple of years

Doncar
Doncar

All the money they brought to your crap city, for what. You whining little bit ches.

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

All that bullshit and noise for 47 arrests and a few tickets? And 32 came before the ride. 

I would be money there will be another ROC next year - they did nothing to slow the ride down, and probably wasted a ton of money in the process.

ckevinhood
ckevinhood

Did you read the article? The police acknowledged that they punished riders that they had no knowledge that they broke the law.

People like you stand by and support it.


Until you are the one profiled and harassed. Then you squeal like a stuck pig.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Doncar Looks like you are the one whining now fuckface.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@DoncarCome down from your cross, fuck you and don't come back if your poor little pussy feels too persecuted here. Better yet see if any city wants to put up with your dogshit you bunch of crayola colored douchy fuckfaces. Find under big top to perform under you fucking clown dickhole.

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