San Antonio, Texas: Pulled straight from the “What were they thinking?” file is a San Antonio, TX area motorcyclist who is taking a perverse form of delight in taunting the local law enforcement with his hijinks on a sportbike.
The San Antonio Police Department believes that Alberto Rodriguez, 27, is the culprit behind the handlebars of the high-speed action. The rider isn’t content to merely ride in excess of 100 mph, but he also likes to brag about his exploits by posting the video from his helmet cam onto Facebook with the title, “Catch me if you can!”
San Antonio, Texas police have taken the rider up on that offer and intend to do just that.
The recent video shows the rider taking lane splitting to an entirely new level as he jets down I-35 in rush hour traffic between vehicles and semi-trucks the entire way.
“Really, all it would have taken was a split second for him to impact the lives of several people, possibly killing someone just by his very actions,” said Sgt. Javier Salazar.
It’s unclear when the original video was taken; however, Rodriguez posted it to his Facebook page and then later someone else reposted it to the Police Department’s page. Additionally, Rodriguez is currently wanted on two outstanding felony warrants and one for misdemeanor family violence.
Police have his personal information and detectives are currently looking for him. “…if Mr. Rodriguez is watching, he might as well turn himself in because it’s only a matter of time before we catch you,” said Police Chief McManus.
The police department says that the rider faces a reckless driving charge and possible fine up to $200 and 30 days in jail. They have also posted a video on their Facebook page asking the public for their help in capturing the errant motorcycle rider.
It’s amazing the number of people in the world, desperate for their fifteen minutes of fame, that post their ‘escapades’ on Facebook for all the world…and the police to see. There’s the young man who thought it would be funny to siphon gas from a police officer’s car and posted a picture of him doing just that on Facebook. Busted. Or the bank robber that posted onto to Facebook that he was about to rob a bank and ‘Who Wit It?” and now faces 60 years in prison. Busted. To 43 gang members in Brooklyn being arrested because they had to ‘one-up’ each other with posts of their crimes on Facebook. Busted.
The selfishness of these crimes is quite sad. One false move on the part of Alberto Rodriguez, while he was driving recklessly could have led to a tragic motorcycle accident that not only could have seriously hurt him but others as well. And, as riders, we all know motorcycle accidents are not ‘fun’. These video escapades are not likely to go away anytime soon…..unfortunately.