Mid-South man pulled over while riding his bike - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Mid-South man pulled over while riding his bike

David Williams rides his bicycle 5 1/2 miles to work and 5 1/2 miles back practically every day. He started biking to work four years ago to lower his cholesterol and he knows the rules of the road.

That's why he was shocked to hear a siren and see police lights behind him on his ride to work Thursday.  The car was unmarked, and the man inside in street clothes. 
 
"When he got out, he put on his lanyard and I saw that it was a sheriff's badge," Williams said. "I realized then that he was an officer."

The man claiming to be an officer went on to threaten Williams.

"(He said) If he caught me again he would give me a citation, and if caught me a second time he would throw me into jail," Williams said.

According to the Tennessee Driver handbook, bicyclists have the same rights as drivers do. Bicyclists are required to ride to right side of the road, except to avoid unsafe conditions. They are also allowed to get in place for left turns.

"What frustrates me the most is that here an official was indicating that I was violating the law," Williams said. "It's so unfortunate that people don't understand bicycles are vehicles."

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said all deputies are familiar with traffic laws when it comes to cyclists.

Shular followed up with Williams, but there cannot be any investigation since the officer was in an unmarked car and Williams didn't get his name or badge number.


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