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High-speed moped chase leaves Gopher LB facing felonies

In a scene that sounds like it’s straight out of Smokey and the Bandit — if, ya know, the Bandit was using a moped to run beer — Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley was arrested on a number of offenses early Sunday morning, the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting.

And two of those charges are felonies.  Involving a moped.

According to the Star Tribune, Tinsley is facing charges of fleeing police on a motor vehicle and fleeing police on foot, both of which are felonies.  He’s also facing misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

Here’s the paper’s account of the early morning “events” that led to Tinsley’s arrest.  And it involves a “high-speed chase” featuring a pair of mopeds.

According to Minneapolis police spokesman Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police lieutenant was working a “party” detail near the Minnesota campus when he noticed two people on mopeds driving the wrong way down a one-way street just after 1 a.m. The lieutenant got out of the car and tried to stop them, but the drivers fled on the mopeds, one nearly hitting the open door of the squad car.

According to the police report, the drivers drove through yards and on sidewalks. One rider dumped his moped in the 1100 block of 4th Street and fled on foot but was captured by University of Minnesota Police and identified as Tinsley. He was still in custody at Hennepin County jail as of Monday night. The other moped driver was not caught.

Again, dude’s facing two felonies for actions taken while driving a freaking moped.  The only way this story could possibly get any better would be if Tinsley were car-surfing atop of the police car while sitting on his moped.

“Obviously we’re disappointed,” athletic director Joel Maturi. “Frustrated is probably a good word. But, until I know all the facts, I’m not ready to make more of a comment.”

It’s unknown whether Maturi’s disappointment stems solely from the arrest or that the arrest involved a freaking moped.

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  1. Farves sweet Hair says: Apr 20, 2010 11:51 AM

    I’m a UofM grad & i say who cares that team sucks ass anyway. 70K kid school & a new stadium & they are a joke of a football program.

  2. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 20, 2010 3:42 PM

    I am a U of M grad also,
    I hope Brewster hears BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO’s all year long
    i hope that new stadium they did not deserve is empty by the end of the year
    MN gives those punks a stadium, and this is what they give back in return.
    Go Badgers (footall…maybe basketball, not sure on that one yet for the gophers, a couple arrests there too).
    Never thought I’d say that in my life.

  3. Cubano says: Apr 20, 2010 4:18 PM

    Another OUTSTANDING Headline JT!!! You’re having a brilliant week. LMAO

  4. John Taylor says: Apr 20, 2010 4:24 PM

    Honestly, you can’t go wrong with the words “moped” and “chase” in the headline. It’s physically impossible to butcher that kind of material.

  5. frank booth says: Apr 22, 2010 2:25 PM

    What happened to the good old days, back when starting QB Ricky Foggie (during the Holtz era) was driving around on campus with his fully decked out 300ZX, with his license plate reading “THE FOG” (saw it myself), despite the fact that he came from a poor family in South Carolina.
    It’s no wonder the Gophers can’t put together a good program, if the most that they can offer recruits are mopeds rather than SUV’s.
    Maybe they can bring Clem Haskins (he who had the daughter named Clemette) back to run the football program.

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