Does riding a minibike on your birthday sound like fun? Well, it might be if you stay off the streets and stow the attitude.
That’s just the opposite of what police say happened after they encountered Darryl Grant Hudson of Geneva on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, as he was driving a minibike south on Peck Road.
Hudson, 20, of the 0N500 block of Marks Place, Geneva, was cited at 5:50 p.m. on the 300 block of Peck Road with no valid registration, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, violation of license classification (no motorcycle license), improper lane use, illegally leaving the roadway to pass on the right, and no insurance.
An officer saw Hudson and realized the minibike was not “street legal,” lacking both a registration and rear lights. The report states that the officer saw that while Hudson was driving with the flow of traffic, he was alternately driving on the pavement and then the shoulder of the road. So the officer turned on the squad’s emergency lights and tried to pull him over.
Hudson, however, did not stop, the report states.
Thus began a chase that prompted vehicles on both sides of the roadway to pull over to make way for the squad car, although police said the minibike continued on, passing some cars in front of it on the right, others on the left. Hudson was seen looking back over his shoulder at the officer pursuing him.
The pursuit did not end until the minibike turned onto Heartland Drive and pulled over, police said. When the officer asked Hudson, why he had failed to stop, the report states that Hudson said he was looking for a suitable place to pull over. The officer told Hudson the 10-12 vehicles he had passed had had no problem pulling over to the shoulder and stopping as the squad car came down the road.
According to police, Hudson demanded to know why the officer had stopped him while he was out enjoying a ride on his minibike on his birthday. Police also said Hudson reminded them repeatedly that he was in the military, and that he had just returned from training for driving a Humvee.
Police said Hudson was becoming belligerent and uncooperative, so the officer handcuffed him and put him in the squad. Police said Hudson had no driver’s license. Police said every time he tried to ask him a question or explain the charges to him, Hudson would argue he did nothing wrong and continued to remind police he was in the military. The report noted that at one point, the officer expressed doubts about Hudson’s military claims because Hudson was showing no respect to the officers who had arrived on the scene, including Geneva police.
Police said Hudson was unable to find anyone willing to bring him bond, so they released him on his own recognizance.
Hudson had a prior run-in with Geneva police on May 25, when he was cited with with speeding, 74 in a 45 mph zone, and underage possession of alcohol, according to Geneva Patch.
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