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    Police hunt high-speed skateboard outlaw

    Police hunt high-speed skateboard outlaw
    By Josie Cox Wed Sep 3, 10:14 AM ET


    BERLIN (Reuters) - Police are trying to track down a man filmed riding a skateboard down a steep stretch of south German motorway at 100 km an hour (62 mph), far above the speed limit.
    They believe the man who raced down the Ulm-Stuttgart motorway for three km (two miles) before he stopped and fled was a professional stuntman, Goeppingen police spokesman Uli Stoeckle said.
    A video of the skateboarder, broadcast on German television networks on Wednesday, showed a helmeted figure wearing a red and white protective suit building up speed by holding onto the back of a motorcycle before letting go and freewheeling.
    "We put out an all-points bulletin and have received information that gives us useful clues to who the man may be," Stoeckle said. "We are particularly concerned about copycats who may imitate the stunt, putting their lives at risk."
    The film clips show several cars escorting the skateboarder, enabling his collaborators to record the event. The clips have since surfaced on Internet websites.
    The German magazine Stern said the mystery man is known in skateboarding circles as a professional stuntman and takes part in international downhill skateboarding competitions.
    Stoeckle said the man faces charges for interfering with traffic safety and endangering motorists, and would lose his driver's license and face a "substantial fine." He denied media reports the skateboarder would face a one-year jail sentence.
    There are no speed limits on German motorways but there are restrictions on many sections, especially steep and dangerous stretches. The section the skateboarder was using has an 80 km an hour (50 mph) speed limit.
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    This is all they have to worry about in Germany?

    That explains a lot about the past though. :/
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    Seems odd that you could lose your driver's license for riding a skateboard faster than the posted speed limit. I thought a driver's license was a control document for the operation of a motor vehicle. Do they have skateboard endorsements on their driver's licenses in Germany?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwater View Post
    Do they have skateboard endorsements on their driver's licenses in Germany?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwater View Post
    Seems odd that you could lose your driver's license for riding a skateboard faster than the posted speed limit. I thought a driver's license was a control document for the operation of a motor vehicle. Do they have skateboard endorsements on their driver's licenses in Germany?
    They busted a guy in my former county for a DUI because he was intoxicated and in a wheelchair. And I'm not shitting. It got UGLY. Of course, he was chasing after cars and going in circles in his wheelchair on the main street.

    I've also heard reports of people being busted for DUIs on tractors.

    All motorized vehicles I guess, though.

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    Well certainly I can see the skateboarder being arrested and possibly even jailed for some time for being a danger to motorists, etc... but to lose his driver's license just seems odd.

    The guy in the wheelchair probably should have been arrested for public intoxication and creating a hazardous situation and whatever else they could nail him for, but I bet a good lawyer could get him off on the DUI. As far as tractors go, losing your license isn't enough punishment for driving a freaking tractor on public roads. They should be shot the instant they (if they) bother to pull over and let traffic pass. Nothing annoys me worse than getting behind some farm tractor running 5 mph on these mountain roads with no passing lanes for 20 mile stretches. ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH.
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    Not only does he need an endorsement, BW would rivit the license plate right on his a$$. Then there is the beginning and advanced safety course. Gee BW your strict.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c.crawford View Post
    Not only does he need an endorsement, BW would rivit the license plate right on his a$$.
    We've had this discussion before. He has no ass.

    And now he'll tell everyone how ample my ass is.

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    You can get a DUI on most anything with wheels. Bicycle DUI is a good scam.

    But we're not in a police state and we're safer. Safer from who, I dunno. That's another thread.
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