Po­lice say miss­ing mo­tor­cyle in­ci­dent is sus­pi­cious, but not il­le­gal

The Standard Journal - - Commentary - By MELODY DAREING

Polk County po­lice are still baf­fled by the story of a youth who claims he was in­jured in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent.

Of­fi­cer Joe Wel­don said no one was charged in a case that hap­pened on his pa­trol on July 15, but he la­beled it as “sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.”

Wel­don was on pa­trol on when he no­ticed a gold Chrysler Se­bring in the Bur­ton’s Store park­ing lot on Rome High­way.

“As I got closer to the car, I saw what ap­peared to be two legs hang­ing out of the driver’s side rear door,” Wel­don wrote in his re­port.

A teen ly­ing in the car asked the of­fi­cer to call an am­bu­lance be­cause he had road rash on his legs and he thought he might also have bro­ken his right foot.

The 16-year-old told the of­fi­cer he was in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Port­land Cir­cle near Formby Trail. Two friends got the bike out of the road and took it back to his house, he said.

His friends were car­ry­ing him to the hos­pi­tal but ran out of gas and went walk­ing to find gas.

Another of­fi­cer went to find the teen’s mother and have her meet EMS per­son­nel at Bur­ton’s to ac­com­pany her son to the hos­pi­tal.

Red­mond EMS treated what they could with­out con­sent. Af­ter wait­ing more than an hour for the mother to show, EMS crews trans­ported the teen to Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Of­fi­cers at­tempted to con­tact the owner of the ve­hi­cle, but were un­suc- cess­ful and had it towed. Wel­don went to the boy’s home and spoke to the mother, who said she was still look­ing for a ride to the hos­pi­tal. Wel­don told her the case would be turned over to the De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices (DFCS) if she failed to show at the hos­pi­tal within a rea­son­able time.

Wel­don said in an in­ter­view that he didn’t know if DFCS was ever called.

As Wel­don ques­tioned the mother, the woman said her son didn’t own a mo­tor­cy­cle and she didn’t know of any­one with a mo­tor­cy­cle. Wel­don said no mo­tor­cy­cle was ever found.

Wel­don left the home and trav­eled down Port­land Road where he saw a cou­ple walk­ing and rec­og­nized one of them as a friend the youth had men­tioned.

The two told the of­fi­cer the teen came to the friend’s grand­fa­ther’s house bleed­ing ask­ing to be taken to the hos­pi­tal af­ter wreck­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle. The girl couldn’t con­tact the teen’s mother so she agreed to take him, but ran out of gas at Bur­ton’s Store. The two then said they had to walk six to eight miles in­side Floyd County be­fore they found a store to get gas and their ve­hi­cle was gone when they re­turned to Bur­ton’s.

Both said they never saw a mo­tor­cy­cle and don’t know where their friend would have found one.

Wel­don told them their car was im­pounded and what they needed to do to pick it up.

Po­lice filed the re­port and ended the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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