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Yamaha: James Stewart Arrest Update

James Stewart Arrest Update

Three days after James Stewart was arrested for impersonating a police officer, the San Manuel Yamaha rider stated he was sorry for the incident, and will be racing this weekend at Arlington Supercross.

James Stewart says: “Thanks to all that are standing by me. I hope to resolve this incident quickly and show people that I am someone that upholds the law and someone they can respect as a competitor and as a person.”

In a statement, San Manuel says: “Stewart is extremely sorry that the incident occurred and that any negative inferences may arise that reflect poorly on his fans, his team, or his sponsors.”

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Monday, when Stewart and a passenger were traveling on Florida’s Highway 417 in Orlando. Stewart allegedly used a red and blue police-type light to slow down a vehicle on the highway, and reportedly impersonated a police officer.

But in the car were two off-duty police officers, and “no confrontation or exchange of words between the officers and Stewart occurred.”

The Yamaha rider was also “in street clothes and never exited his vehicle during the incident,” the San Manuel Yamaha stated.

Stewart and his passenger were then pulled over at Orlando International Airport, where they “fully cooperated with police.”

In the AMA Supercross series, the Yamaha YZ450F rider finished fourth at Toronto after crashing twice. He 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.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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