How do Baltimore City police handle cases when one of the wheelie boys gets involved in an accident with a licensed law abiding vehicle operator?
What is standard procedure?
I am sure they are almost all citizens and have paid taxes.
But I would question if they are law abiding and positive members of society.
Is it possible that there are city employees participating? Absofreekinglutly. I think I saw a city councilman in there at one point.
Police COULD actually solve the problem, but you have the Mayor and City Council to deal with. (They get more 'political' mileage by allowing crimes like this then standing up against it). As it stands, Police are ORDERED NOT to do anything, and ANY INVOLVEMENT means swift action against the Officers involved.
As a rule (this is from my experience), after the accident, the rider quickly flees his bike (even if he is injuried, he flees). If the neighbors are quick they get the dirtbike and secure it before Police arrival. So the Police have no suspect present and no bike either.Originally Posted by jessup270
In one incident (on Gist Ave): An accident happened, the rider fled, and his bike was secured by a neighbor (who sided with the rider over the Police). BECAUSE I KNEW THE POS rider, I wrote a warrant for him. In court the State dropped the charges (SOP for Baltimore City). To my knowledge, the car owner's insurance company paid for the car owner's damage.
In one incident (on Ethelbert Ave): An accident happened, the rider fled, but his bike was left in the street too long and we (the Police) got to the scene before it could be secured. Around 5 minutes after the accident the rider returned and claimed it was his bike (but that it was stolen and riden by his exact twin). Needless to say, he didn't get the bike back. As for charges though, the vehicle driver (a visitor to Pimlico race track) was so shaken up by the incident that they did not want to pursue anything.
ALL of the riders I saw in the Northwest District were young males. (I am not being sexist, the truth is I never saw a female rider). The ages varied from about 12 to about 20 years of age. It is possible (in theory) that these kids were nuclear rocket scientist, but I tend to doubt it.Originally Posted by Spot72
Spot, you seem like an intelligent person. If I may suggest, walk outside of your office someday and see what the real world is like.
I'm not sure the majority of the riders are interested in safe fun.
Someone should put out a few nail strips to slow those idiots down. Nothing like a few wipe outs to entertain the people in the hood.
Today it seems like a set for a sci fi movie.
The really interesting thing is that the vast majority of residents think life in the City is normal, dirt bikes, homicides, vacant houses and so forth.
The City is where things like making sure your car is UNLOCKED, so criminals will not have break your windows, in search of things to steal from your vehicle, is NORMAL.
My favorite retort from City residents, this sort of thing happens everywhere.
These bike riders are absolutely losers, and not contributors.
"enjoy riding on Sundays"... LOL, yea, lots of gainfully employed, hard working citizens like plumbers and project managers (!?) are ripping up Baltimores streets on dirt bikes.
Dieser Weg wird kein leichter sein; dieser Weg wird steinig und schwer.
Nicht mit vielen wirst du dir einig sein, doch dieses Leben bietet so viel mehr. --Xavier Naidoo
I'd say I feel sorry for plumbers and that bad rap, but after what I paid mine to have my toilet unclogged last week I really don't
They are destroyers of their own neighborhoods, because they don't know any better.
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