Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Scooter Libby, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Bob Taft . . . kindly make room in that big GOP tent for Onan the Barbarian:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger loves to talk about roaring down the Pacific Coast Highway on his Harley-Davidson, the wind in his hair. But he acknowledged Tuesday one small problem in that free-as-a-bird scenario: He "never thought about" getting a license to pilot his hog, which police say he's been driving illegally -- apparently for years . . . .PHOTOS (courtesy of S.F. Chronicle and Reuters): America's bustiest governor after his accident, on Monday (top), and delivering a speech on Tuesday (bottom), after an emergency session with his crack Hollywood makeup team.
Schwarzenegger was tooling through Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood Sunday carrying his 12-year-old son, Patrick, in a sidecar when a motorist backed out of a driveway and a minor accident occurred . . . .
The lack of a proper license means the governor, who recently signed a bill toughening driving laws for teenagers, apparently has been an illegal rider for years. The former movie star, who was involved in a motorcycle accident in Santa Monica in 2001, has reveled in his image as a macho Harley rider since his trademark role in the movie "Terminator" and makes no secret about enjoying weekly rides with motorcycle-loving friends like actor Tom Arnold.
Still, the governor wasn't ticketed when LAPD officers responded to the accident this weekend.
"If you have a valid driver's license, and you're caught driving a motorcycle (without the proper endorsement), it's up to the responding officer's discretion'' to cite a driver, Harding said.
"He wasn't cited. Nothing's going to happen,'' Harding said. "The infraction is not even a misdemeanor.''
Later, however, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon told the Associated Press that Schwarzenegger does not have the proper license to ride the motorcycle even with a sidecar. Vernon said police referred their findings to the Los Angeles city attorney's office, which will determine whether the governor should be cited for an infraction.