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James Stewart Issues Apology

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
 James Stewart was arrested in Orlando on Monday for falsely impersonating a police officer (first-degree misdemeanor). His friend, Quinault Thames Jehrrod, was also arrested for tampering with evidence (third-degree felony). The two were accused of using flashing blue and red lights to pull over another vehicle which contained off-duty police officers. He was released early Tuesday morning. Below is the first official statement from the race team which points out that much of the behavior in question stemmed from Jehrrod - MCUSA Ed

James Stewart will continue racing despite his pending charges.
On Monday, March 27, at 4:50 p.m., James Stewart was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer. The incident occurred on Florida’s Highway 417 in Orlando, as Stewart was taking a friend to the airport to catch his flight. According to police reports, Stewart allegedly used his vehicle lights and red and blue lights to slow down a vehicle containing off duty police officers that had passed his vehicle. Stewart was in street clothes and never exited his vehicle during the incident. No confrontation or exchange of words between the officers and Stewart occurred. Stewart was not charged with any dangerous driving or any other negative action. The police report is clear that once Stewart slowed the police officers’ vehicle that he then drove towards the airport; several miles later, Stewart and his friend were pulled over at the airport where they fully cooperated with police.

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. Stewart will continue working with authorities to resolve the incident quickly.

In James’ words: “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.”

Stewart is free to race and is preparing for this weekend’s Supercross race in Arlington, Texas. He and his team will continue competing in the remainder of the Supercross series.

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monkey   April 2, 2011 04:00 AM
who cares if bubba has alittle fun, its not like he had a fake gun or badge. sounds likes he was having alittle fun, yes it was wrong, so fine him, then try to catch him... everyone has bad days & does dumb things, its called life, enjoy it to the fullest
Phaedrus   April 1, 2011 03:38 PM
What a commotion out a prank!!! I thought bikers were a bit more playful. Was there any blood spilled? Anybody hurt? If not, slap the guy and move on. Let´s wait until he cheats on wife/girlfriend to make a REAL case for E!
bradvanhorn   April 1, 2011 04:38 AM
"Stewart is extremely sorry that the incident occurred..."
No. He is only sorry he got caught. If he had done this to someone other than off-duty police, and thus not get caught, he would still be laughing about this with his buddies.
“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.”
Nice words. Now it is time to grow up and earn the respect you claim you want people to have for you; it will require hard work and it will not happen overnight.
gregc   April 1, 2011 04:33 AM
Sounds like the typical Im sorry staement,sorry James get your act together,people make mistakes and myself or anyone else is in no place to judge you,thats the cool thing about being an adult you have choices to make good or bad you get to choose,good luck with that

motox   March 31, 2011 07:29 PM
I'm not a bubba fan but the guy made a dumb mistake! most if not all people make real dumb mistakes!!!some don't get busted he did!!!I say let him race!!!the way he is racing there is no shot at a championship so why not!!!
woodco100   March 31, 2011 02:14 PM
He should issue an apology for the way he is racing lately
ktm66   March 31, 2011 12:45 PM
This kind of behavior is why I don't watch the NBA,NFL,MLB! You want to destroy Motocross don't punish him! The AMA needs to let it be known the sport is bigger than the individual!!!
charlie toast   March 31, 2011 12:26 PM
well now the story seems to differ from the account given by the female State Trooper in the video. It seems like the State Troopers were prejudicing the case by releasing the video and from what they said to the reporters. If they can't back up their statements in court, I can see this costing the local taxpayers quite a bit of money. Loppy - you were not there, what exactly do you know about what actually went on? And if Jehrrod is taking the fall, I for one would like to be in his shoes, since he will no doubt be adequately compensated for his selfless action. REDrum - Stewart appears to be about to be charged with a misdemeanour. If you dropped a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, you could be charged with littering, which is a misdemeanor. So to suggest that this is a "major criminal incident" is simply nonsense. Should the AMA then have a zero tolerance policy on anyone convicted of littering? And how fast were those "above the law" off-duty troopers driving anyway?
Loppy   March 31, 2011 11:40 AM
I like this part of the story,......"much of the behavior in question stemmed from Jehrrod". Oh, I see, blame it on the other guy. Except one small problem, STEWART WAS DRIVING!!!! Even if the other guy put the flashers on, Stewart didn't have to follow the car or stop next to the car. Why do you even have flashers in your truck? I'm sure this is the first time he's done this, or just the first time he's been caught. I guess he wants to bring MX into the big time with the NFL or NBA. Maybe he can get Plaxico or Jayson Williams to ride shotgun next time.
REDrum   March 31, 2011 09:44 AM
As far as I can remember, this is the first major criminal incident in AMA Supercross history. Why doesn't the AMA have a zero tolerance policy? Why isn't he suspended for 2 or 3 races? This is horrible.
509MXFan   March 31, 2011 08:55 AM
Good to hear he issued an apology. I'm sure he knows how dumb the idea was now. Lets hope he continues to work with the authorities as promised (and they work with him).
Brian426v   March 31, 2011 07:14 AM