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Bicycles Involved in Two Unusual OSP Arrests
10/02/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Two unusual attempts to avoid Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic-related stops involving bicyclists, one an OSP trooper on a bicycle trying to stop a reckless driver and the other an OSP trooper trying to stop a man on a bicycle, led to two arrests in the Salem and Eugene areas.
 
The first incident happened Wednesday, October 1st, in Salem at about 1:00 p.m. when OSP Trooper Perry Rhoades was patrolling the Capitol Mall area on a bicycle and spotted a 1997 Ford four-door drive recklessly near the State Capitol building nearly striking pedestrians in a crosswalk on Court Street near Winter Street. Trooper Rhoades caught up with the car and made several attempts to get the driver to stop, including riding alongside the driver's door and ordering the female driver to stop. The driver, identified as SUZANNE L. FUTRELL, age 44, from Dallas, refused to stop and yelled through her rolled up window she didn't do anything wrong.
 
FUTRELL allegedly continued driving in a reckless manner including driving through a red light as Trooper Rhoades continued to try and get her to stop as speeds were estimated about 25 mph. Several people in the area saw and heard the trooper's attempts to get the car stopped, including a man on a bicycle who joined in to help. OSP Superintendent Tim McLain and Captain Gerry Gregg were in an unmarked patrol car in the area, helping get the car stopped in a downtown Salem parking lot on Liberty Street near Marion Street about six blocks from where the incident began.
 
FUTRELL was taken into custody without further incident. A search of the car led to the discovery of less than an ounce of marijuana and several medications. FUTRELL was transported to Marion County Jail for booking on the following charges:
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana
 
The second incident happened Thursday morning, October 2nd, east of Eugene when OSP Senior Trooper Steve Thrapp responded to a 7:20 a.m. report of a person riding a bicycle in dark clothing with no lighting equipment in the middle of Highway 58 near milepost 22. Senior Trooper Thrapp located the bicyclist near milepost 16 riding westbound in the eastbound lane and directed the bicyclist, ROBERT JAMES FRANK, age 39, from Eugene, out of the roadway.
 
FRANK refused to respond, continuing to ride in the traffic lane weaving back and forth creating a definite hazard to other traffic that may travel on the highway. Senior Trooper Thrapp activated the patrol car emergency overhead lights and siren but FRANK refused to stop, so the trooper called for assistance as FRANK continued riding with other traffic backing up behind the patrol car.
 
OSP Trooper Casey Codding and Recruit Cale Day responded and set up near milepost 11. As the bicycle approached, FRANK tried to go around the patrol car and was tackled off the bike by Trooper Codding. FRANK resisted arrest but was taken into custody at 7:50 a.m. by the troopers.
 
FRANK was transported to Lane County Jail where he was lodged for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was also cited for Failing to Obey a Police Officer.