Following a weekend of intense AMA Supercross action in Toronto, San Manuel Yamaha’s James “Bubba” Stewart found himself in trouble with the law.
While back home in Florida, Stewart was arrested for impersonating a police officer on State Route 417 at 4:50 p.m. Monday, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The 25-year old of Haines City, Fla., was operating a 2008 Toyota Tundra on Northbound SR417 when he attempted to “pull over” another vehicle using a red and blue police-type lights, troopers said.
But to the Supercross Champion’s surprise, the vehicle contained two off-duty highway patrol troopers. When Stewart came alongside the vehicle, he identified himself as an officer of the law. Stewart then sped off, troopers said.
Troopers then called 911, and James Stewart was later stopped at the Orlando International Airport. Stewart and his passenger were arrested, troopers said. The passenger was identified as Thames Jehrrod Quinault, 44, of California.
He and his passenger were later released at 2:50 a.m. Additional information was not currently available as of the time of this writing.
In the Supercross series, the Yamaha YZ450F rider finished fourth at Toronto after crashing twice. Stewart is currently fourth in the points race, 20 points behind the series’ leader, Two-Two Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed.
With five rounds remaining in the 2011 AMA Supercross season (Arlington, St Louis, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas), Stewart still has a shot at another Supercross title.