The California Highway Patrol arrested a 32-year-old Brentwood man Wednesday during an investigation into about 50 motorcycle riders who were allegedly doing stunts and evading law enforcement on Interstate Highway 680 between Milpitas and San Jose earlier this month, officials said today.
The CHP arrested Guruardas Singh Khalsa at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, a felony, and obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor, Capt. Jim Libby said at a news conference today at the CHP’s San Jose office. He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County Khalsa, a professional motorcycle stunt rider, allegedly took and posted on YouTube a video of the alleged stunt ride on Oct. 11 by the fast-driving group on Highway 680.
In the video, he is seen taunting a CHP motorcycle officer trying to stop him and then driving his own motorcycle on its back wheel, CHP officials said. Many other motorcyclists in the video can be seen speeding by and doing wheelies in various lanes of the freeway. The CHP’s investigative services unit last week used the video and other postings online to identify and trace him to a location in Brentwood, CHP Capt. Les Bishop said.
“I’d like to send the message out to any group or any motorcycle rider that thinks they are going to get away with this kind of behavior on our freeways, just know that while apprehension may not be immediate it is likely imminent,” Bishop said. Libby, who heads the CHP’s special services unit, said information from what Khalsa posted about himself online and tips from the public and news coverage led officers to find and capture the suspect.
“The take away from this investigation is that the safety of the public and their ability to travel our freeways is of paramount importance to us,” Libby said. “When we have groups like this engaging in criminal acts endangering other motorists, this is something we take very seriously,” he said. “I can’t go into too much detail as far as the status of the investigation, but I can say that we are going to be seeking additional search and arrest warrants in this matter and that we do anticipate additional evidence surfacing and additional individuals taken into custody,” Libby said.
On Oct. 11, a CHP officer observed around 50 motorcyclists heading southbound on I-680 from the Montague Expressway in Milpitas, disregarding public safety and engaging in “juvenile acts” such as “speeding, doing wheel stands,” taunting the officer and ignoring his commands, Bishop said. The officer decided for safety reasons to pull over and call for a back up officer, but by the time the other officer arrived, the motorcyclists had left, exiting about three miles south onto McKee Road in East San Jose, according to the CHP.
The assemblage of motorcyclists on Oct. 11 came about from messages on social media websites among individuals about meeting up for the ride and they are not known to be members of an organized group, Bishop said. While such social media sites may be used for legal, impromptu gatherings of cars, motorcycles and other meetings, “this one was used to engage in criminal conduct endangering the public,” he said.
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