Originally Posted by hoog62
It's not a right to flee the police when they take exception to someone riding like an asshole. It's a felony. They've been seizing vehicles (cars, trucks, bulldozers....) used in other types of felonies for years.
Your linked article states:
"The most common state police tactic is to accuse a motorcyclist of a felony, initiate the seizure proceeding, then drop the charges. This allows police get to keep the sport bike without the effort of a court battle or the danger of a not guilty verdict. Even an innocent motorcyclist will think twice about fighting an an unjust seizure since the felony charges carry jail time and a permanent black mark on more than just the driving record."
I don't know where that came from because it does not appear in the source article (from the Orlando Sentinel 1/6/07) that he cites. Don't want to lose your bike? Don't run, or lend it to your little brother who will run. Pretty simple really. The Sentinel article say's they've confiscated 344 bikes out of 400,000 registered in Florida. I'll sleep well tonight.
yes it is pretty simple, and in no way do I condone running from the law, the issue here is like in so many other ways they actually seize a vehicle without due process
"The young daredevils who speed away from police on high-performance motorcycles face a growing risk across Florida: losing their wheels.
All it takes is letting a cop get close enough to their fast-moving bikes to see the license plate"
"In 2005, Schweinsberg bagged a Yamaha R6 when its rider, Shawn Connor, fled after "popping a wheelie" at 80 mph on Interstate 4. Connor, then 23, and a buddy on another bike sped away onto Florida's Turnpike without stopping to pay their tolls, arrest records show.
Thinking they got away, the two stopped to refuel at the Turkey Creek service plaza. That's where the other rider escaped on a bike without a tag when Schweinsberg busted Connor and took his motorcycle.
"He looked surprised," the trooper said."
Note where it said the trooper took his motorcycle it appears that meant on the spot.
or how about this
"FHP seized Williams' motorcycle in 2005 when a trooper stopped his younger brother for riding with a bent tag. The stop led to an arrest on felony charges that later were dropped -- but FHP kept the bike."
hmm charges were dropped but FHP kept the bike, how is that NOT illegal?
IMHO had they had reason to keep the bike than the perp should have been charged and convicted, this did nothing but GIVE the FHP a motorcycle that will moire than likely cost more to store than they could get from auction with it
I know of one case where a vehicle was sold at auction before the case ever went to court, now that should be illegal.