Here's a Tip: If You Need to Outrun Johnny Law Along the Trinity Levees, Use a Dirt Bike


Came across this video posted to YouTube yesterday by the friend of the show who maintains the essential Dallas Trinity Trails blog. I'll let Ben describe what he captured:
Dallas County Sheriff Deputy cornering and chasing dirt bike motorcycle on the Trinity River levees near Industrial Blvd and Corinth. The dirt bike tried to flee into the woods only to find he was trapped. He rode back and forth for a minute looking for a way out. In that time, the deputy positioned his squad car blocking the road under the trestle. If it were a vehicle or quad bike the deputy would have caught him. The deputy had no chance against a dirt bike.The rider approached the car and appeared to taunt the deputy before taking off back up the levees towards downtown Dallas.

This is the north levee of the Trinity River in Dallas, Texas, at the new Santa Fe Trestle Trail trailhead. The DART rail line linking Dallas with Oak Cliff is directly overhead.

Private motorized vehicles are forbidden from driving on the levees. This is due to potential erosion issues and safety. Fines are high if you are caught.
Yeah, Schutze.
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Sidewalkastronomer
Sidewalkastronomer

Back in the early eighties I used to ride my Yamaha XT500 all over the levees. I don't know if it was against the law back then or not. I was never chased by any cop. Interesting view of Dallas from traveling on the levees. I always stayed on the dirt roads so no erosion to speak of. I wondered why more people with trail bikes didn't check it out.

blackcatsearching
blackcatsearching

A really helpfull post – A big thank you I hope you will not mind me writting about this article on my website I will also leave a linkback Thank you 

Dougsterfresh
Dougsterfresh

Man, the current state of the Trinity just begs dirtbikers.......I took mine down there and only encountered jealous homeless folks a few years back.......erosion control, well, maybe on the levees themselves, but what's wrong with some trail riding down in the actual basin? I'm on board with trails in less desireable areas that don't run up the levees themselves. Seeing how long this thing is taking to actually take shape, I figure we've got about a 20 year window of opportunity for some fun motorsports until anyone else comes along to complain!

cockadoodledoooo
cockadoodledoooo

What were the homeless folks jealous of??? Your dirt bike, your home, or your food??? Or, maybe, your super sweet dirt bike tricks?

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Come over this way near 183 and your right on the IRVING/DALLAS border.

None of those pesky pet construction projects to protect, just an old industrial park, where you pickup truck will blend right into the surroundings

ts
ts

I thought the Nazis caught Steve McQueen?

Ben
Ben

Sunday afternoon was a great day to be down there. Saw a few people riding across the new Santa Fe Trestle on bicycles(not open yet), kayakers with their boats getting ready to play in the whitewater of the Standing Wave and even a family having a picnic near the bridge.

The little cat and mouse games between dirt bikes/ATVs and the police are quite common. Usually when spotted the biker just ducks up and over the levee, through the wooden bollards where a car cannot follow. The biker in the video seemed confused, he rode around in circles for a couple minutes looking for a way out. That allowed the deputy to half way box him in. I know he went to take a peek at trying to cross the Union Pacific railroad tracks too. A freight train was stopped along the tracks filled with vehicles from the GM plant in Arlington. Next to it, under the DART bridge were four Dallas police officers in two cars. They had no idea what was going on. Biker saw them, thinking there must be some kind of dragnet for him. Not so, just an accident they were there.

It was not until the MHH Bridge construction began that a serious effort was put into keeping the gates locked along the levees. Before that it was completely lawless. The area under every bridge was a makeshift gun range. It's still that way where Mountain Creek crosses under I-30 and up at the low water crossing near Irving.

From his high perch on the levee at I-35 and Colorado/Eads, Howard, the night watchman for a tunnel project has sat in his black Dodge Ram pickup everyday since last summer. Hard to miss, he backs his truck up within 100 feet of the I-35 bridge. With his binoculars, he sees a lot of this stuff go down on a regular basis. The midnight horsemen that ride through every night, the chases, the dead body removal. He'll talk your ear off if you let him.

Dallas Dad
Dallas Dad

I need to know more about these midnight horsemen.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the last paragraph sound like the making of an urban legend "Howard and the Midnight Horseman" 

Where is goatmans bridge when you need it

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Damm this is a fantasy of mine, like every day when I cross on 183.

All that wonderful open space right here for the conquering, this guy did it !

Fantasy # 2Terrorizing the Bryon Nelson during the national telecast, via dirt bike, escape via chopper. Maybe that chopper pilot was making some test runs this weekend 

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