Is Arnold in for more than just a fat lip?
SACRAMENTO – 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. “He does not have the license,” Vernon said. Police did not cite the governor because they arrived after the accident, Vernon said. He 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. City attorney spokesman Jonathan Diamond said the office had not received the LAPD report. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson, acting on initial information Sunday, said the governor’s basic 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. Spokesmen for the California Highway Patrol and state Department of Motor Vehicles said their agencies reached the same conclusion as Thompson after checking the state Vehicle Code. “We’re not criticizing the LAPD,” Tom Marshall, a CHP spokesman, said after learning of the Los Angeles Police Department’s finding. “We haven’t seen the report. … But that’s how we read the Vehicle Code as applying.” 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.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “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.” In a statement issued after the LAPD’s announcement, Thompson said the governor “will move forward to get the appropriate endorsement” on his license to ensure he can ride his motorcycle legally. To get that endorsement, a motorcycle rider must pass a Department of Motor Vehicle skills test or take a motorcycle training course from a program approved by the California Highway Patrol. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!