Yamaha’s AMA SX Racer James Stewart Gets Arrested

Two-time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart, who is currently racing for San Manuel Yamaha team, got arrested three days ago for impersonating a police officer. It appears that Stewart was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Florida State Route 417 outside Orlando, and used police-type red and blue lights in order to stop another vehicle.

Unfortunately for him, driver and passenger of the vehicle pulled aside turned out to be off-duty highway patrol officers. The Yamaha rider was also "in street clothes and never exited his vehicle during the incident," the San Manuel Yamaha stated.

They naturally identified themselves, causing Stewart to get back in the Tundra and speed off. Stewart and his passenger were then pulled over at Orlando International Airport, where they "fully cooperated with police."

"Thanks to all that are standing by me. I hope to resolve this incident quickly and show people that I am someone that upholds the law and someone they can respect as a competitor and as a person," the 25-year-old rider said.

"Stewart is extremely sorry that the incident occurred and that any negative inferences may arise that reflect poorly on his fans, his team, or his sponsors," San Manuel said in a statement for the press.

Today, the San Manuel Yamaha rider stated he was sorry for the incident, and confirmed he will be racing this weekend at Arlington Supercross. Stewart currently sits fourth in the 2011 AMA Supercross standings, 20 points behind the series' leader, Two-Two Motorsports Honda's Chad Reed.
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