ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Twenty-three motorcycle riders were arrested and their bikes impounded by St. Louis police Thursday night for “careless and reckless” driving.
Police say of those arrested fifteen were not from the St. Louis area, and at least seven of the 24 impounded motorcycles are illegally registered.
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says officers observed dozens of motorcyclists driving recklessly through the city near Interstate 70 at Salisbury. She says they were doing stunts on city streets, running red lights, driving on sidewalks and driving on the wrong side of the road.
But those who were there tell KMOX News that out of the thirty-some riders, only 5 or so were actually popping wheelies.
“Its not illegal to ride motorcycles in a group,” said one rider.
“You have to get the one bike that is doing the stunts. You can’t get all thirty bikes because they are riding with that one bike. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
Jackson says the motorcyclists fled when an undercover police officer approached them at a gas station.
“They don’t pick on the nearly naked bike ride that goes on, they don’t pick on the Moonlight Ramble that goes on, they don’t pick on Bikers for Babies, but all of a sudden now when Ride of the Century comes to town they want to flex their muscles,” said one rider.
Earlier this week police promised to have a zero-tolerance policy for three-thousand stunt riders expected to attend the Ride of the Century gathering this weekend sponsored by a St. Louis stunt team known as Streetfighterz.