Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Yamaha: James Stewart Arrest Update

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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look: 42 Photos and 13 Fast Facts

With the Triumph Speed Triple and Street Triple getting continually more aggressive, Triumph is making its signature three-cylinder motor configuration approachable again with the...

Lieback’s Lounge: From Injury to 200-Lap Endurance Mini Moto Racing

Heading into July, I put around 7000 miles combined on my Ducati Multistrada and KTM 1190 Adventure R, and about 1000 miles on my...

Full of Hot Air? Exotogg Puts It To Good Use [Cold Weather Riding Vest]

Have you ever been told you’re full of hot air? Well, even if you haven’t, there’s a new product out from the U.K. that...

2021 KTM 350 XC-F Kailub Russell Edition First Look (12 Fast Facts)

KTM continues its tradition of special edition motorcycles to honor championship-winning riders. The good news is that buyers get a chance to own a...

2021 BMW R 18 Classic First Look: Touring Motorcycle (9 Fast Facts)

Hot on the heels of the 2021 BMW R 18 First Edition comes the 2021 BMW R 18 Classic. BMW goes for the touring...

2021 Yamaha YZ250F Review (13 First Ride Fast Facts)

We rode the new, upgraded 2021 Yamaha YZ250F at Glen Helen Raceway for a first ride impression. We were fans of the previous YZ250F, so...