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James Stewart Arrested in Orlando

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
James Stewart mug shot
James Stewart Orange County Jail booking mug shot.
James Stewart was arrested March 28th for impersonating a police officer. The Supercross star was stopped at the Orlando International Airport by an Orange County deputy and Orlando police officer. Reports state a second man, Quinault Jehrrod, was also arrested with Stewart.

The charges stem from an incident earlier on Monday involving the 25-year-old Stewart and his passenger, Jehrrod (age 44). Stewart pulled in behind a vehicle on State Road 417 and activated “red and blue police-type lights” located on the dash of his Toyota Tundra pickup. The vehicle Stewart was trailing pulled to the right shoulder. It contained two off-duty Florida Highway Patrol troopers and an Osceola County deputy. 

Stewart's truck then pulled up with the passenger shouting at the vehicle. The off-duty officer then showed his badge, identifying himself, with Stewart then speeding off northbound. The troopers followed and called 911. Stewart and Jehrrod were arrested later at the airport. Stewart was booked in the Orange County Jail and released in the early morning hours of March 29th. (UPDATE: Details of incident updated following March 29th statements by Florida Highway Patrol)

The Orlando ABC-affiliate station, WFTV, reports troopers have a confession with Stewart telling officials that the dash-mounted lights used to pull-over the off-duty officers were purchased at a flea market. Stewart's passenger was arrested trying to hide the lights in luggage.

Conflicting earlier reports raised confusion. The Miami Herald cited the man arrested as Mark Stewart Jr and the booking report listed the offender at James Mack Steward Jr., mispelling the last name.

It is unclear how the charge will hinder Stewart's immediate racing plans. Updates and official word from the Stewart camp is pending. (UPDATE: An AP report states Stewart has been charged with a first-degree misdemeanor)

Here's a video from the Orlando Sentinel which shows the lifted, black, four-door Toyota Tundra driven by Stewart.

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Motoxman   April 11, 2011 08:37 PM
Bubba, WTF?.. Just keep racing dude. You kick ass at every track. If he didnt crash he would have won every race this season. Wait till the season is over to do stupid shi@. Cant wait to see him in the outdoors. Nice race at St Louis. Keep it up bro.
gregc   March 31, 2011 04:06 AM
James Stewart has some issues,I hope he gets things turned around,maybe racing isnt his 1st love anymore,it has provided all the wealth a person would want,it has provided a reasonable amount of fame outside of the track,but the results recently,the actions recently havent been of someone who is concentrating on winning in his sport,now I do not know Bubba or anyone in his camp ,but a outsider looking in it appears he needs to change some relationships,the guy is heading for destruction,racing motorcycles one must be completly committed are you will get yourself seriously hurt,guys who are committed still do ,everyone knows Bubba has a unbelievable amount of talent,argubably some will say the most ever,I think he is good would not consider him the greatest,James hope it all works for you,you need to do some soul searching,you have heard the phrase if it aint broke dont fix it,I think your program is broke,God Bless and good luck
MotoFreak   March 30, 2011 03:23 PM
Hojo's comments seconded. Charlie is well...mistaking. You don't need to identify yourself as one to impersonate an officer. A "reasonable person test" would satify what they did was impersonate an officer. He may be convicted of a misdemeanor, but that would be only after his "great attorney" pleads it down to one. P.S. Don't hate the cops; or any cops. I'm sure if you were hurt or a victim you would call the "donut eating" cops in a second.
Hojo   March 30, 2011 02:55 PM
RE: charlie toast You're as big a moron as Stewart is. How is this the so called "doughnut-eating" cops fault? Where is the racism in this? How do you know all the cops weren't black? How do you know they where speeding? And if they were, so what? It's not Stewarts job to do anything about it. His job is to win motorcycles races, which he apparently can't do either. Maybe that's what they should charge him with, "Impersonating a winner".
charlie toast   March 30, 2011 12:00 PM
well my reading of the incident is that he might be convicted of a misdemeanor for using the lights, but there's nothing to prove impersonation of a police officer. Hope Bubba gets a good lawyer, in the mould of the late Johnny Cochran, who can run rings around the donut-eating troopers. There's still a lot of racism in Florida. I wonder how fast the troopers were going, too. Like most law enforcement officers, driving shiny new cruisers funded by us poor taxpayers, they doubtless consider themselves beyond the law.
ACEwrench   March 30, 2011 09:32 AM
Settlement? Are you kidding me? Whether or not he identified himself as a cop, he fled the scene. He had red and blues in his truck (which by the way he will never see again, according to Florida law).
kasper4040   March 30, 2011 05:53 AM
The sad thing about this is that the moto comunity is so fast to turn their back on the guy. And the media and police are wrong and will be proven so if all charges are not drop. JS may even get a settlement from this all. He NEVER identified himself as and office, only had flashing lights, which is not a felony. Real shoddy reporting and very unprofessional by the police dept. Why to go Moto-USA, here I will do your job for you sice you cant take 10 min to do a little background before reporting. What he did was nothing more then a misdemeanor as supported by Florida Law.

The 2010 Florida Statutes(including Special Session A)


316.2397 Certain lights prohibited; exceptions.—(1) No person shall drive or move or cause to be moved any vehicle or equipment upon any highway within this state with any lamp or device thereon showing or displaying a red or blue light visible from directly in front thereof except for certain vehicles hereinafter provided.
(2) It is expressly prohibited for any vehicle or equipment, except police vehicles, to show or display blue lights. However, vehicles owned, operated, or leased by the Department of Corrections or any county correctional agency may show or display blue lights when responding to emergencies.
(3) Vehicles of the fire department and fire patrol, including vehicles of volunteer firefighters as permitted under s. 316.2398, vehicles of medical staff physicians or technicians of medical facilities licensed by the state as authorized under s. 316.2398, ambulances as authorized under this chapter, and buses and taxicabs as authorized under s. 316.2399 are permitted to show or display red lights. vehicles of the fire department, fire patrol, police vehicles, and such ambulances and emergency vehicles of municipal and county departments, public service corporations operated by private corporations, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Department of Corrections as are designated or authorized by their respective department or the chief of police of an incorporated city or any sheriff of any county are hereby authorized to operate emergency lights and sirens in an emergency. Wreckers, mosquito control fog and spray vehicles, and emergency vehicles of governmental departments or public service corporations may show or display amber lights when in actual operation or when a hazard exists provided they are not used going to and from the scene of operation or hazard without specific authorization of a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. Wreckers must use amber rotating or flashing lights while performing recoveries and loading on the roadside day or night, and may use such lights while towing a vehicle on wheel lifts, slings, or under reach if the operator of the wrecker deems such lights necessary. A flatbed, car carrier, or rollback may not use amber rotating or flashing lights when hauling a vehicle on the bed unless it creates a hazard to other motorists because of protruding objects. Further, escort vehicles may show or display amber lights when in the actual process of escorting overdimensioned equipment, material, or buildings as authorized by law. vehicles owned or leased by private security agencies may show or display green and amber lights, with either color being no greater than 50 percent of the lights displayed, while the security personnel are engaged in security duties on private or public property.
(4) Road or street maintenance equipment, road or street maintenance vehicles, road service vehicles, refuse collection vehicles, petroleum tankers, and mail carrier vehicles may show or display amber lights when in operation or a hazard exists.
(5) Road maintenance and construction equipment and vehicles may display flashing white lights or flashing white strobe lights when in operation and where a hazard exists. Additionally, school buses and vehicles that are used to transport farm workers may display flashing white strobe lights.
(6) All lighting equipment heretofore referred to shall meet all requirements as set forth in s. 316.241.
(7) Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as a means of indicating a right or left turn, to change lanes, or to indicate that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway or except that the lamps authorized in subsections (1), (2), (3), (4), and (9) and s. 316.235(5) are permitted to flash.
(8) Subsections (1) and (7) do not apply to police, fire, or authorized emergency vehicles while in the performance of their necessary duties.
(9) Flashing red lights may be used by emergency response vehicles of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health when responding to an emergency in the line of duty.
(10) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.
History.—s. 1, ch. 71-135; ss. 1, 23, ch. 76-31; s. 2, ch. 80-176; s. 1, ch. 84-49; s. 4, ch. 86-23; s. 1, ch. 87-157; s. 1, ch. 89-49; s. 58, ch. 93-164; s. 23, ch. 94-306; s. 900, ch. 95-148; s. 17, ch. 96-263; s. 2, ch. 96-312; s. 7, ch. 97-280; s. 17, ch. 97-300; s. 192, ch. 99-248; s. 134, ch. 2002-20; s. 3, ch. 2002-217; s. 1, ch. 2004-20; s. 1, ch. 2007-52; s. 2, ch. 2007-210; s. 1, ch. 2009-220.
Note.—Former s. 316.223.
charlie toast   March 29, 2011 10:05 PM
Well I for one hope that Bubba makes it to the next race and sticks it to all the kneelers! I mean, what has "the man above" got to do with dirt bikes? It's been a wild season so far, but if the bad luck ends up spread evenly, I doubt Canard and Dungey will be in the hunt by the end of the season. They've only won when the top guys have gone down. RV2 can't match Bubba's speed, so he'll lose points in most rounds if Bubba stays on two wheels. Then maybe Christophe Pourcel will get a 450 ride in the outdoors and smoke them all, at least in the first moto.
vintagemxr   March 29, 2011 09:24 PM
Brings to mind Jeff Emig's arrest for public stupidity long ago. Way to go, Bubba. You had it all and crapped on it.
fishduc   March 29, 2011 08:37 PM
Bubba won't be at the next race if there's any justice in the system.
sanjonas   March 29, 2011 07:37 PM
Bubba, you need a win! this weekend. do it! concentrate harder than ever and ride smart and hard.
woodco100   March 29, 2011 07:16 PM
Word on the street is that he was looking to show his "nightstick" to the boys. Maybe the rumors are true?
hotrod   March 29, 2011 06:50 PM
smooth move ass. yamaha will probably dump your ass like a hot potatoe. Not a very good role model the the little guys. You Dumb assssssssssss
woodco100   March 29, 2011 05:13 PM
Homey is about to meet a bunch more guys name Bubba. "You sure got a real purty mouth"
Backmarker   March 29, 2011 03:15 PM
"the Tiger Woods of supercross"? I think he's reached a level of stupidity such that we can say, Tiger Wouldn't, but Bubba Wood. But seriously, he pulls over a carload of cops? WTF? This is why I don't write motorcycle fiction. You could never make this up.
dirtWarp   March 29, 2011 01:53 PM
If he thought his back was hurting, frequenting jail will make other parts HURT
Oliver   March 29, 2011 11:37 AM
What the ?????
MotoFreak   March 29, 2011 11:17 AM
Shame on him. I also can't believe Hutchy. "ever did anything that silly?" A criminal act by a 25 year old, silly?! Imagine one of your family members getting pulled over by these two. Probably not silly then. Hope he loses his ride.
Kobe_King   March 29, 2011 10:40 AM
I saw him on the side of the road when he was arrested. The truck is sick!!!! From what I have read it will be taken from him and not returned and from what I saw it was highly customized and looked great. I read on another forum that it was built by N-FAB. Maybe they or Toyota will get it back.
Hutchy   March 29, 2011 09:37 AM
Oh man, Bubba. What are you thinking? Tell me Stewart isn't on a bad streak: First he can't win and keeps crashing, then he pretends he's a cop and pulls over a random citizen wo turns out to be not one, but multiple cops! Man, oh man. I wonder if RC or MC ever did anything that silly?