James Stewart, pleads no contest to misdemeanor

The Orlando Sentinel has reported that James Stewart pleaded no contest to his misdimeanor charge yesterday.


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Millionaire motocross star James "Bubba" Stewart, accused in March of trying to use flea market-bought flashing lights to pull over a vehicle containing actual law officers, pleaded no contest this morning to a misdemeanor related to the case.

The plea agreement calls for Stewart to perform 75 hours of community service but adjudication of guilt was withheld because he is a first-time offender.

He will be fined $500 and will be on probation for a year.

Stewart, initially charged with impersonating a law enforcment officer — a felony —pleaded no contest to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of using flashing or rotating lights on a motor vehicle.

He declined comment after a brief hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse.

The Central Florida motocross champion, whose website calls him "the Tiger Woods of supercross," was arrested March 28 on the impersonation charge, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Stewart, 25, was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup northbound on State Road 417 at 4:50 p.m. when he tried to stop another vehicle using red and blue police-type lights, troopers said.

Unfortunately for Stewart, the vehicle contained two off-duty highway-patrol troopers, who quickly suspected that the pickup was not an undercover police truck.

As Stewart pulled alongside the vehicle, its driver identified himself as a legitimate law officer. That's when investigators said the flashing lights stopped and Stewart sped off.

The off-duty troopers called 911, and an Orange County deputy sheriff and an Orlando police officer stopped Stewart at Orlando International Airport. Troopers arrived later and arrested Stewart.

In a 911 call, Trooper Kevin O'Quinn, driving the vehicle Stewart was accused of trying to pull over, said he had no doubt the motocross star's souped-up truck was not a law enforcment vehicle.

"I can guarantee you this is not a cop," Quinn told a dispatcher during his call reporting the incident.

Story by By Henry Pierson Curtis and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

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