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Fort Collins Man Issued Bicycle D.U.I. After Police Chase


Bicycle brew tours are awesome, but if too many samplers of small batch delights have you swerving your cycle, you might need a lawyer.

The answer to the age old question is… Yes, you can get a D.U.I. while riding a bicycle. A Fort Collins man proved that, but not only is he accused of drunken-bicycling, he also led police on an Old Town chase that ended when he fell off the bike and tried to run.

Larimer County Sheriff

Phillip David Bass, 32, was riding on a sidewalk by Coopersmith’s and “darted across the intersection in front of a yellow cab that had the right of way,” without a front light, before running multiple stop signs. That’s when the officer activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, the cyclist continued to evade the officer riding southbound through a neighborhood, then riding southbound in northbound lanes on Smith Street.

The cyclist attempted to switch directions to evade the officer, fell off his bike, and got up again to flee. The officer got out of his car and after a short foot chase, stopped the cyclist and took him into custody.

Bass was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital for minor cuts early Tuesday morning before he was arrested on 11 misdemeanor and traffic charges connected with the roughly mile-long pursuit.

Friends don’t let friends drink and drive, but you can’t really take your bike riding friends keys, so remember if you are going to drink and ride your bike at least remember your helmet!

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