02/04/07 480 W - + 9 - 11 The Motorcycle Story

Saturday night on South Wilmington Street. Southbound, just south of the Beltline. This guy on a motorcycle is weaving between lanes, and slowing down and speeding up. He stops for the light and has trouble staying upright. Then he's moving again, with more weaving and slowing and starting. And Mike and his bride are right behind him. What?!?

It's date night, of course, which means no fire or EMS calls. She Who Should Be Obeyed can tolerate the scanners (plural), but has communicated clear instructions regarding responding. Nonetheless, Mr. and Mrs. Legeros had found themselves wandering in the direction of an MVA involving a motorcycle at South Wilmington Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (She didn't mind the diversion as they were fresh from Dairy Queen and she was still consuming her hot fudge sundae.)

No victim was found and dispatch advised that the caller may have seen the cyclist riding off. About this time, as the units are clearing, Mike and his bride arrive. They sit in traffic for a few, then turn south on South Wilmington Street. No destination in mind, just wandering. Enter the sloshed cyclist.

One block past the training center and Weaving Wally is spotted. Like good citizens, Mike calls 911 and reports a possible 10-55. The call taker advises they'll make a general broadcast. The slow-speed chase continues onto Highway 70, then Highway 401, as the general broadcast is heard over Raleigh Police 1. There's more traffic on 401, of course, and the fool is still seemingly ready to run off the road at any moment. Mike and his bride are now a couple car lengths behind, and one lane over.

After the guy crosses an extra lane turning left onto Old Stage Road, it's time for another 911 call. SHP, this time, says they'll make an announcement. The cyclist is two or three cars ahead, but not for long. The speed limit's higher and the joker's going slower. So the other cars pass him. He hugs the center line at times, causing visions of collisions in his follower's minds.

With the cyclist's speed slowing at times to a crawl, the vehicles are quickly queueing behind him. Mike's keeping a car length's distance, but it still doesn't seem safe. So Mike pulls to the side and lets the others go by. Returning to the roadway, Vandora Springs Road is passed. Seconds later a siren is heard. Here comes an unmarked trooper.

The black sedan promptly passes everyone. Mike and his bride catch up with the officer within a minute. He's pulled beside a convenience store, where the cyclist has run off the road and into a dumpster. Uninjured and seemingly soused to the gills. Twenty minutes and one pair of handcuffs later and Mike and his bride are returning to Raleigh. They gave their information to the officer and thanked him for the interception. Book 'em.

And I thought I had bad luck when out with friends or on dates… That took one too many 911 calls to get that menace to traffic stopped…
EMS Guy (Email) - 02/04/07 - 23:49

What a story. Now what do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Maybe hang out at the observation deck at RDU with her – just in case the big one happens?
Olson - 02/04/07 - 23:49

And hopefully he will hang out on Valentine’s Day in SOMEONE ELSE’S RESPONSE AREA!!! Durham County is good. Guilford County is better…
DJ - 02/05/07 - 00:22

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