CHP opts not to charge motocross realtor
May 4, 2016
The California Highway Patrol has announced it will not cite a local realtor who, on camera, jumped over and onto Highway 101 ramps, skidded across agricultural properties and wheelied down a pedestrian street. The motorcycle stunts were part of a promotional video showcasing Templeton resident Topher Ingalls’ transition from professional motocross to selling real estate.
Investigators identified vehicle code infractions throughout the video. But, the CHP is precluded from citing Ingalls because the infractions did not occur in the presence of an officer, a CHP press release states.
Ingalls, who works for Buschur Realty in San Luis Obispo, posted the promotional video on YouTube. The video went viral, but Ingalls took it down after it prompted criticism. The video is still available online on other platforms.
Officers opened an investigation into Ingalls’ stunts after an LA Times reporter sent the video to the CHP.
CHP officer Patrick Seebart said Ingalls’ maneuvers were better suited for a closed course. Seebart also said it is disturbing that someone would drive so carelessly on the freeway and put innocent people in danger.
Ingalls created the best marketing video in years, if not ever, according to motorcycling magazine Cycle World.