On January 17, 2014, an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped to assist a motorcyclist whose motorcycle broke down during the evening. During the contact of the motorcyclist, Mr. Overhuel, age 30, told OSP officers he was waiting for gas but denied operating the motorcycle. The OSP officers learned that Mr. Overhuel’s operator license was suspended. After roadside assistance arrived, Mr. Overhuel was WARNED not to operate the motorcycle because his license was suspended. If he did and OSP spotted him, he would be cited and the motorcycle would also be towed and impounded.
After sleeping on it… and what can only be described as an epic misunderstanding of the OSP troopers words of advice.
At approximately 10:31 a.m., the next day, the same OSP trooper that had stopped to assist the disabled motorcycle saw a motorcyclist riding southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 257 at a high rate of speed. The trooper overtook the speeding motorcycle and obtained a speed reading of up to 102 mph, using all 3 lanes to pass slower traffic and failing to yield to the trooper’s emergency lights for a brief period until stopping. After the stop the OSP trooper confirmed that it was Mr. Overhuel.
OSP arrested Mr. Overhuel for reckless driving and he was also cited for violation Driving While Suspended. And as previously communicated, the motorcycle was towed and impounded.
Mr. Overhuel looks to be stuck in a below-average eddy and it will take a lot of rowing to get out.
Photo courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk