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Gov. Won't Get a Ticket for His Ride, Police Say

January 12, 2006|Andrew Blankstein | Times Staff Writer

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not receive a citation from police for his motorcycle accident in Brentwood on Sunday that left him sporting 15 stitches on his upper lip, authorities said Wednesday.

Los Angeles police spokesman Jason Lee said no officers observed Schwarzenegger riding the motorcycle so the department would not issue a citation

A spokesman for City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said a decision whether to issue a traffic citation to Schwarzenegger was up to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The LAPD provided us with a collision report," Jonathan Diamond said. "Those are not the sorts of the cases we handle and it has been referred back to the LAPD."

Schwarzenegger was riding his Harley-Davidson with his 12-year-old son in the sidecar when they were hit by a car pulling out of a driveway on Mandeville Canyon Road.

During the investigation, police learned that the governor had a Class C driver's license to operate a standard motor vehicle but not to operate a motorcycle.

The governor has taken weekend Harley-Davidson rides through the Santa Monica Mountains for two decades without the proper license.

The governor's aides said they will to try ensure Schwarzenegger does not ride without the proper license.

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