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Ride of the Century: Joe Challoner Says Cops Illegally Towed Motorcycle, Will Sue (VIDEO)

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via Facebook / Joe Challoner
Joe Challoner is pissed.

The Wisconsin native drove down this weekend with his wife and three children to participate in the Ride of the Century, and the cops attempted to impound his motorcycle twice, succeeding the second time.

As seen from video posted to his Facebook page, Challoner rushed outside the Red Roof Inn on Saturday to find the hotel's parking lot swarming with Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and a towing rig.

Though he managed to create enough of a stink to stop the troopers from towing his sports bike that Saturday, the burnt orange Yamaha was impounded the very next day after Challoner left it parked at the site of the Ride of the Century's opening ceremony.

"I was in the most dangerous city in the country and I got robbed by the cops," Challoner tells Daily RFT.

The video shows Challoner repeatedly questioning the troopers as to why they are trying to tow his motorcycle. A trooper responds with, "It's been driven," referring to the warmth coming off the motorcycle's engine. Not convinced, Challoner continued to press the troopers, demanding to know the reason that his sports bike was being towed.

Addressing one trooper, Challoner says: "You have no right to tow this bike, you didn't see it on the road. You have no visual proof. You don't have a right. I could have been sitting here idling it for all you know."

See also: Ride of The Century Rider Blames Police for Chaos on Streets; "They Cannot Stop The Ride"

Challoner's persistence somehow paid off, and he kept his motorcycle from being the eleventh bike towed from the Red Roof Inn on Saturday. His victory was short-lived. On Sunday, after parking his sports bike near the starting point of the actual Ride of the Century group ride, Challoner and his family went buy drinks at a gas station, he says. However, when he attempted to re-enter the police checkpoint he found he could not get back through.

Challoner tells Daily RFT that he pleaded with an officer, telling him that his bike was still parked behind the checkpoint; the officer responded that the sports bike would be towed and impounded.

Challoner's sports bike later made a brief appearance on a local news report.

He tells Daily RFT he plans to file a lawsuit.

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via Facebook Joe Challoner / KMOV (Channel 4)

Though neither trooper in the video seemed willing to directly answer Challoner's questions, Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum tells Daily RFT that the ten bikes towed at the Red Roof Inn on Saturday had all been spotted driving recklessly after crossing over from Illinois to Missouri, "doing all kinds of crazy stunts, wheelies, riding on shoulders, passing cars, going the wrong way down streets."

Nothum says that the troopers decided not to engage in a dangerous close pursuit of the riders and instead chose to hang back and follow the group of motorcycles.

"Those ten bikes were identified by us, and that's why we towed them," he says.

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

If you're wondering what specific law gave the troopers the right to seize those ten motorcycles, Nothum cites Section 304, Subsection 155, Paragraph 9 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, which allows a police officer to utilize what he calls "custodial seizure" to seize a vehicle that has been abandoned by an individual in the act of fleeing a crime.

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Danny Wicentowski

The exact wording of the statute allows seizure of "any abandoned property for which the person operating such property or vehicle eludes arrest for an alleged offense for which the officer would have taken the offender into custody."

Nothum says he is unsure if charges will be filed once all owners of the towed motorcycles are identified.

Daily RFT will be following up on this story and has already heard from other riders whose motorcycles were towed from the Red Roof Inn on Saturday. Below is another YouTube video of the incident in which a trooper says to a group of riders, "I am under the direction to tow any bike that has a hot motor."

If you want to share your experience at Ride of the Century, feel free to reach out.

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



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114 comments
pgsparx
pgsparx

I love break checking these guys

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

I understand there was a line that she was doing and you acted a fluffer for her, a CS just like your mom!

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

Sounds like they were not even on the bikes, and the police arbitrarily impounded (stole) them.

Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins

She did, and spit it in your mouth, BITCH!

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

If they want to do it then don't drive like dicks.

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

Right, everyone should stay away form St Louis and keep their money, no need to bring it and send it there.

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

We know that cops do not want to go around anything that is dangerous, much safer stealing bikes!

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

You sound like someone that would know.

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

Yeah, why in the hell would anyone want to go to misery (Missouri), a rectal exam would probably be more pleasant.

Drew Scott
Drew Scott

Your mother definitely should have swallowed.

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

Sue the hell out of the bastards! We are not going to tolerate a police state!! We are going to take back america!!

Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins

Yea PUNK. We're sick of your types coming to our area to raise hell! If you don't like the way you and your ilk (look it up, dumbshit) were treated, DON'T COME BACK!!! Bunch of Fuckwads...

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

In totally unrelated news, there were multiple shootings in STL last night including one at the gas man where dozens of police were stationed for ROC, leaving one dead, 4 in critical condition. NO suspects apprehended.

Christine Vogt
Christine Vogt

What the POS cops did was wrong. They need to be held accountable. Just because a bike is warm or hot does NOT give anyone the right to tow. FTG FTP!

Benjamin A. Snow
Benjamin A. Snow

I think he needs to keep crying. Douchebag tears are declious.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

Hoosier got what he deserved! 

Cary Aye
Cary Aye

This could be a cash cow for our tourism industry if the event sponsors and local officials could work out a plan for the event . We have a convention center and a race track and plenty of unused hotel rooms in the metro area. Close off the river front nightly and let them have it. Let them dine at our many restaurants and bars in the metro area. I say organize and collect that Hotel tax!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"The Wisconsin native drove down this weekend with his wife and three children" that's all you really need to know. he's a douche.

David Enders
David Enders

Next time stay in WI.and pull that stupid bs and endanger your family and friends. Bunch of overgrown children.

Alma Gayle
Alma Gayle

I think he's a whiner. Comes to St. Louis to drive illegally through the streets with his asshole friends. Screw him and all of them. WAAAAAAAA!

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Stupid young rookie cops trying to act all bass ass and cool,LMAO

doublekickoriginal
doublekickoriginal

Bunch of new dickhead rookie troopers thinking they are so cool!  LMAO

Jim Volner
Jim Volner

ZACHARY SHAW sir ass swipe! It's actually Flint Mich. then Detroit then St.Louis not far behind. How would you feel if a cop impounded you car for speeding because your engine was warm!? You wouldn't! The end!

Pam Gigi Pozarich
Pam Gigi Pozarich

Why didn't all the police have their dash cams on so they had proof, seems like a simple way to have proof in court. This seems like your guilty because I said so?

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

You must of fell off of your bike a few too many times

Zach Shaw
Zach Shaw

Also, St Louis is NOT THE MOST DANGEROUS CITY IN THE COUNTRY, that's Detroit sweetie. What an asswipe.

Zach Shaw
Zach Shaw

good for him. glad he lost his bike.

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

guilty? Cause he had a camera and his engine was warm on a warm day? No he couldnt have idled the bike? They didnt even state that they saw him riding? So anytime someone speeds on the highway they should just give a ticket to everyone who was driving on the highway that day? THats your logic right there... and i wander why this country is going to shit. People like you...

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

You have 0 proof this guy did anything wrong. ROC is known throughout the US people from all over come to this event just as they do sturgis.

James Madison
James Madison

The officers on the scene offered no other explanation other than they were directed to take any bike with a warm engine. Not likely the burden of proof required in a court of law.

Timothy Schmitz
Timothy Schmitz

So I'm going to get on my sports bike, get on an interstate, drive 80 mph and pop wheelies. Oh on a holiday weekend where traffic is heavier on Missouri roadways because of holiday travel. And breaking countless other traffic laws? Yes you make sense. Your ride cost the lives of 3 of your members this weekend. Congrats, you're a bunch of fucking idiots. Either learn to ride your bike the right way or stay the hell out of our city. Bye

Brian Brown
Brian Brown

Screw a kid from out of town , should of kept his ass home and rode around his own city breaking laws

Evilbetty
Evilbetty

@Pam Gigi Pozarich My bet is that is exactly what happened.  Reviewing all that video and picking out all the license plates was probably being done by others while the officers headed out to try to thin the heard by identifying "hot bikes".   I'm more amazed they only caught 10 of them.  The rest must have moved on out of the county before they reviewed enough video.  I'm completely against illegal search and seizure, so if they did tow any bikes without evidence or probable cause I hope they get sued hard.  On the other hand, I'm a motorcyclist and just the short video clips I saw most of those guys were popping violation after violation on just illegal lane changes alone.  As much as I'm not a fan of Harley riders, I've never seen a group of them ride as illegally as these riders did.

Evilbetty
Evilbetty

@Zach Shaw Actually it's Flint, MI.

goatse
goatse

@jaco1175 Nobody cares what you think. Allow me to demonstrate: I think you're straight-up retarded. See? 

redrock435
redrock435

@jaco1175  I'm impressed with your limited vocabulary you were able to sound like a seventh grader!

bear18657
bear18657

@jaco1175 @goatse Hey there fucktard, wether you want the riders there or not, they have the RIGHT to be there, just like you have the right to continue  to breath the air that your wasted ass uses. I dont like you breathing it, so does that give me the right to stop you from doing so??

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@goatse @jaco1175 Hey stupid, one more fucking time; the police are busting your balls for one reason and one reason only, because the people who fucking live here and don't ride around popping wheelies on color coordinated faggot motorcycles fucking HATE you assholes and don't fucking WANT your stupid ass douche ride to take place in this city. Take it the fuck somewhere else you wannabe gangsta tard fucking rebel. And fuck you, big time.

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