Schwarzenegger was riding illegally when he wrecked his Harley
SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle illegally over the weekend when he collided with a car in his Brentwood neighborhood, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday.
Police Lt. Paul Vernon said Schwarzenegger does not have the proper motorcycle endorsement on his California driver’s license, contradicting statements made by his spokeswoman since the Sunday accident that left the governor with 15 stitches in his upper lip.
Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson, acting on initial information Sunday, said the governor’s Class C license allowed him to ride the motorcycle with its sidecar attached. His 12-year-old son, Patrick, was riding in the sidecar but was not injured.
Schwarzenegger, a Harley Davidson owner who rides regularly with friends along the California coast, said Tuesday that he never bothered to obtain a California motorcycle license because he “never thought about it.”
“I just never really applied for it,” he said, responding to a reporter’s question during a state budget briefing. “It was just one of those things that I never really did.”
Schwarzenegger collided with a car while riding his motorcycle with his son near his Los Angeles home.
Never really thought about it? Well, of course not. Who can expect the governor of a state to be aware of and comply with his state’s laws?