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St. Louis motorcycle arrests pile up

Updated: 2013-09-03T22:18:57Z

— City and county police in St. Louis reported more than 50 arrests over the Labor Day weekend connected to the Ride of the Century motorcycle rally.

Authorities also reported two motorcyclist deaths involving rally participants.

City police on Tuesday reported making 47 arrests and towing nearly 60 bikes starting last Thursday through Labor Day. The violations ranged from careless and reckless driving to operating stolen motor vehicles. St. Louis County arrested six riders for registration violations and towed eight motorcycles.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported issuing 61 citations connected to the event, from speeding violations to misdemeanor drug warrants.

This 11th annual event was sponsored by a St. Louis stunt motorcycle team known as Streetfighterz. Police from throughout the region pledged a crackdown on any violations this year after issuing nearly 100 tickets and arresting 19 motorcyclists last year.

The deaths resulted from accidents.

Early Saturday, motorcyclist Justin Rohe, 25, of St. Charles, ran a red light in St. Charles County and was struck by another vehicle. Later that day, motorcyclist Michael Evans, 32, of St. Louis, died after clipping an unmarked police car, going off the side of the road and striking a pole, St. Louis police said.

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