Loud Motorcycle Lands Falls Man Fifth OWI Charge

A West Allis police officer tries to pull over the suspect after hearing his loud bike, but the man refuses to stop until reaching a red light on Greenfield Avenue.

Harley Davidson owners often say “loud pipes save lives,” and they may be right after a loud motorcycle ridden by a Menomonee Falls man led police to him while he was driving drunk in West Allis.

Ronald W. Jensen, 50, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Saturday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Saturday, a West Allis police officer was parked near South 81st Street and Greenfield Avenue, and heard a motorcycle loudly revving its engine in the parking lot of Paulie’s Pub. He then saw Jensen on the loud motorcycle, then watched as he pulled out of the lot and onto Greenfield Avenue while almost losing control of the bike. He then accelerated to 50 miles per hour in  30 mph speed zone.

The officer followed Jensen to pull him over, but he continued driving, nearly hitting another car travelling westbound. Eventually he stopped at a red light at South 84th Street, and the officer pulled next to him and ordered him to stop the motorcycle, however, Jensen was unable to shut it off.

The officer then shut the motorcycle off for him and asked why Jensen had been revving the engine so loudly. The officer noticed Jensen smelled of alcohol and Jensen said he had a few beers at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Jensen failed field sobriety tests and was then arrested and taken to the hospital for a blood test.

He was previously convicted of OWI in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 2005. He’s currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $500 bond while awaiting trial.     

Awake! August 08, 2012 at 01:03 PM
News Flash!...The "loud pipes save lives" slogan is not adopted by Harley riders only. There are many brands of bikes with obnoxious exhaust. However, in the defense of the slogan, if it wasn't for inatentive obnoxious drivers, many of us cycle riders wouldn't feel like we have to have the loudness to "inform" other's that we are near. I am not an advocate of loud pipes and I never have been...i personally think it's obnoxious and i don't ride with other's that do have loud pipes. I always hear the excuse "yea but it scares deer and other animals away!...that's why i have them"...to them i say, "look at the statistics of animals that are hit by locomotives every year and tell me that it's the noise that scares them away". Try another excuse please. The other problem with this excuse is that animals, like people, are unpredictable in their reaction when startled, they can and will run in any direction which means they can also run right in front of you instead of away from you. Better riding practices is what saves your life, not loud pipes...so...i like the slogan "if loud pipes saves lives, imagine how learning to ride that thing would help"...
Earl Alvis Sanders III August 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
He's up north and get nothing for this. Police stick together. I now live in Texas let him come down here drinking and driving, he'll get 2-5 for 1st offence, this bringing his 5th offence would get him 20 years. You see Texas built alot of prisons and now they have to pay for them. They also take other prinsoners from other states.
James Birchfield August 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM
And he still has a driver's license WHY???? That idiot should be locked up for a LOOOONG time! When I ride my bike and go to a pub to meet friends, I don't: 1. Drink alcohol - I drink O'Douls, a non-alcoholic beer because I want to LIVE 2. I don't rev my bike so the pipes don't scream "Look at me!" 3. I don't roar out of the parking lot and speed down the road to attract any cops lurking around the bar 4. I don't refuse to pull over when ordered to by a cop 5. I don't forget how to turn off my bike This guy's mug shot says it all!
James Birchfield August 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Dave, you are so right! I get into heated discussions with my fellow HD riders about their obnoxiously loud pipes. I have TRIED to explain the Doppler effect to them but they seem to think that the sound their bike makes travels FORWARD to warn traffic of their approach. Loud pipes don't warn cage drivers any more than a transom mounted depth finder keeps your bow out of shallow water!


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