Three days after James ‘Bubba’ Stewart’s arrest and subsequent release for impersonating a police officer, which sent websites and forums into overdrive with reactions from his and Supercross fans, that ranged from disbelief to stating that it was just a stupid prank, to Free Bubba profiles Stewart’s publicist or whoever handles these things, went into damage control with the following statement issued on the Supercross star’s personal website.
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.
When Yamaha USA released their comical video of Supercross champion James Stewart trying out new jobs when he was thinking that his last year’s injury could have been a career breaker, but no one thought that being a police officer would be part of his curriculum.
Stewart was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on the charge of impersonating a police officer and his passenger for tampering with evidence.
Apparently Stewart with his passenger, tried to stop another vehicle which unfortunately for him was driven by two off duty highway troopers. Using flashing red and blue police lights, they pulled the vehicle over, but when the driver identified himself as a law enforcement officer, Stewart sped off. He and his passenger were later arrested at the Orlando International Airport.
Stewart was released and his passenger was booked at the Orange County Jail.
Source | orlandosentinel.com