Dirt bike driver arrested

Published 4:01 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

A Bainbridge man was arrested for DUI after wrecking a dirt bike near the intersection of College and West streets Thursday afternoon.

Robert Freeman, 29, 909 Williams St., Bainbridge, was arrested after a witness called 911 to report the wreck and Bainbridge Public Safety officers arrived to find him hurt and apparently intoxicated.

As the witness described the accident, Freeman was driving a dirt bike west on College Street and ran the stop sign at the intersection of West Street without slowing down. The witness stated Freeman jumped the curb and started speeding up on the sidewalk until the bike flipped and ejected its driver.

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BPS Officer Rusty Day, who had seen Freeman riding his dirt bike on College Street a short time earlier, arrived to find Freeman sitting on the ground and bleeding. Day also observed that Freeman smelled of alcohol.

Cpl. Brian Boyett arrived and saw Freeman trying to push his dirt bike down the sidewalk with some difficulty. The injured man was bleeding from his lip, chin, both wrists, arms and his chest. Freeman refused EMS personnel’s offer of help; he was then arrested and taken to BPS headquarters.

In addition to DUI, Freeman was also charged with no insurance, failure to maintain lane, failure to stop for stop sign, driving while license suspended/revoked (second offense), operating a motorcycle without a helmet, operation of an unregistered vehicle.