Sirens & Gavels

Busted motorcyclist doubts own IQ

A motorcyclist who sped past a sheriff's deputy with the bike's lights off and without a helmet may also have low self esteem, the sheriff's office said today.

Damian M. Plumley, 22, reportedly told Deputy Juan Rodriguez, "I'm stupid, Rodriguez. I should never have tried that," according to a news release by Deputy Craig Chamberlin, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Plumley was arrested Thursday just before midnight after Rodriguez saw him cross Pines Road while eastbound on Valleyway Road on a dirt bike-style motorcycle.

Rodriguez turned his patrol car around and tried to stop the motorcycle as it drove south on Pines Road on the east-side sidewalk, but the motorcycle turned eastbound on Main Avenue and accelerated.

Rodriguez followed the motorcycle to a dead end at Main and Clinton Roads, where the driver turned around and drove past him west on Main.

But the bike malfunctioned, and Rodriguez was able to detain Plumley, who is described as having an extensive criminal history. His passenger was not named in today's news release.

Plumley was booked into jail on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, failure to stop and provide information and driving while suspended. also was issued infractions for no motorcycle endorsement, operating a motorcycle without a helmet and off-road vehicle driven on roadway.

Plumley was arrested in April on property crime warrants. His alternative sentence of drug treatment was suspended in May, online court records show. Further details were not immediately available.

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