- May 14, 2016
"Part of his personal renaissance was acquiring some means of transportation so he had a chance of getting to a job and generally getting around. With all of the other forms of personal motorized transport barred because of his license situation, Burns built a motorized bike and thought he was good to go.
He got pulled over in Decatur in July after a police officer said he measured the bike's speed at more than 30 mph. Burns was ticketed for driving while license revoked, operating an uninsured vehicle, having no registration and not wearing goggles. Police seized the bike as evidence. Burns then attempted to fight the tickets on the grounds that his motorized bike was not a moped. He appeared to have won the day Aug. 11, when the Macon County State's Attorney's Office filed a motion to dismiss the charges on the grounds that the moped statute "does not apply to such a vehicle."
But after conversations with the police department, the charges were reinstated Aug. 20. Burns wound up going to court and being convicted in a bench trial April 8, at which he was given a conditional discharge for 12 months, ordered to perform 300 hours of community service, fined and ordered to pay court costs."
Motorized Bicycles Cross Moped Line