An attorney representing a Christian biker who wrecked after a Jamestown police officer tried to pull his group over last month said he finds it odd that the officer did not file an incident report, considering the deputy who helped him wrote up a report.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office released the report by Deputy Alphonso Ramsey this week.
"I still don't understand why Jamestown would not write up a report, considering they were the department that initiated the traffic stop," Charleston attorney David Aylor said. "Why would there not be a report? It's a little bit perplexing. Berkeley County wrote a report."
Jamestown Officer Chuck Moultrie did not file a report because he didn't issue any tickets or cause the accident, Chief Jay High said.
Ramsey's report notes that he saw no evidence that Moultrie caused the wreck, despite what bikers were telling him at the scene. He said he saw a cloud of smoke up ahead that led him to believe some bikers had collided or wrecked.
"The report doesn't say anything," Aylor said. "He didn't see what happened."
About 40 or 50 members and friends of the Disciple Christian Motorycle Club were passing through Jamestown on a charity run to raise money for diabetes June 21. The chief said Moultrie told him a couple bikers stopped at the intersection to watch traffic, while the rest of the group rolled on through. Ramsey's report backs that up.
He said he pulled into the Kangaroo gas station at the intersection of state highways 41 and 45 while Moultrie was walking toward his patrol car. Moultrie called his attention to the intersection. Ramsey said he saw two bikers blocking traffic while others went through without stopping. Ramsey said Moultrie turned on his blue lights to stop the bikers, and Ramsey pulled out to help.
Ramsey said that some of bikers were getting irritated when he told them he saw no evidence that Moultrie caused the wreck.
"I notified dispatch that the situation was getting heated and requested another unit," he said.
Some of the bikers said they were getting irritated because Moultrie would not identify himself. Ramsey noted that complaint in his report. Ramsey said he identified himself as a deputy and gave him name and then said, "I do not know the policy of his department about giving his name."
High said Moultrie did not identify himself because he was trying not to engage and further antagonize the bikers. He said Moultrie felt threatened surrounded by 40 or 50 angry bikers.
"It was an issue of crowd control," he said. "They were getting boisterous. You get out of there before things get worse."
The bikers denied they were unruly and said Moultrie was yelling at them.
Aylor noted that the report didn't mention a siren. The bikers complained they didn't hear a siren or they would have pulled over sooner.
"I've yet to talk to anybody who claims they heard a siren," Aylor said.
High said the icons on Moultrie's dash-cam video shows his siren was activated.
The Highway Patrol was called in to handle the accident. Their report said that the bikers were going at the 45 mph speed limit, which the trooper called "too fast for conditions."
Aylor said late last week that he was still waiting for more documentation before deciding his next step.
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