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June 13, 2011 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Biker pulled over for 'distracting' outfit

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- A Dutch tourist said a New York cop pulled her over for riding her bike around the city in an outfit deemed "distracting" and "dangerous."

Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, was in New York to attend the New Amsterdam Bike Show and as a general manager of a bicycle company in the Netherlands, she thought she'd take advantage of a sunny May 3 day to go cycling in the city, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

Rijcken alleges she was pulled over by a New York police officer for showing too much skin while on two wheels.

She was allegedly wearing a skirt with short boots, the Daily News said.

"He said it's very disturbing, and it's distracting the cars and it's dangerous," Rijcken said. "I thought he was joking around but he got angry and asked me for ID."

She said she was not ticketed and did not get the officer's name.

"I was on my way back to the hotel when it happened and I changed into pants," Rijcken said. "I didn't want to get into trouble again."

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne could not verify the story.

"Whether this story bears even a modest semblance of what actually occurred is impossible to establish without being provided the purported officer's name and getting his side of the story," Browne said.


Biker pulled over for 'distracting' outfit

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- A Dutch tourist said a New York cop pulled her over for riding her bike around the city in an outfit deemed "distracting" and "dangerous."

Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, was in New York to attend the New Amsterdam Bike Show and as a general manager of a bicycle company in the Netherlands, she thought she'd take advantage of a sunny May 3 day to go cycling in the city, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

Rijcken alleges she was pulled over by a New York police officer for showing too much skin while on two wheels.

She was allegedly wearing a skirt with short boots, the Daily News said.

"He said it's very disturbing, and it's distracting the cars and it's dangerous," Rijcken said. "I thought he was joking around but he got angry and asked me for ID."

She said she was not ticketed and did not get the officer's name.

"I was on my way back to the hotel when it happened and I changed into pants," Rijcken said. "I didn't want to get into trouble again."

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne could not verify the story.

"Whether this story bears even a modest semblance of what actually occurred is impossible to establish without being provided the purported officer's name and getting his side of the story," Browne said.


Failed robbery by man wearing lip gloss

LINCOLN PARK, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- A man described as wearing a flowered shirt and "lots of lip gloss" tried and failed to rob a San Diego bank, police said.

San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick said a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Lincoln Park, Calif., Saturday would not give the man money in spite of his demand note, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The man left the bank, and bank workers called police about 3:14 p.m.

Battrick said bank workers described the alleged attempted robber as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, about 175 pounds, wearing a flowered white shirt, white hat, sunglasses and a lot of lip gloss.


Man hits million miles in truck

RIDGEWAY TOWNSHIP, Mich., June 12 (UPI) -- A Michigan man has seen the USA, not in a Chevrolet but in a Ford truck on which he's put more than a million miles doing what he said he didn't intend.

Gary Mueller of Ridgeway Township socked away money to travel when he worked for Ford Motor Co., but he said about 90 percent of it vanished when the stock market "dot-com" bubble burst in April 2000.

"That kind of quenched my travel plans for my savings," he said.

He still wanted to travel, and taking a cue from a friend, Mueller bought a truck and went to work for Quality Drive-Away Inc., of Goshen, Ind., in September 2001 hauling recreational vehicles to all parts of the country, The Daily Telegram of Adrian, Mich., reported Sunday.

"I found out right away when you're driving, it's not as much of a sightseeing experience as watching out for the other guy," Mueller said.

He had an accident three months after starting the job but then bought a 2002 Ford F-350 Super Duty diesel truck with manual transmission and dual rear wheels and proceeded to put more than a million miles worth of traveling the country on it, hauling trailers that can weigh more than 16,000 pounds.

"This truck really feels kind of like an extension of me," Mueller said.

His truck ticked 1 million miles Feb. 17, the newspaper said.

Mueller said the company he works for keeps sending him work, and if he keeps on maintaining his truck as diligently as he does, he doesn't see any reason why he can't keep on truckin'.

"I don't think there's a limit," he said.

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