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2011 – published in http://nypost.com/2011/04/20/nypds-game-of-cops-robin/
“Two star-struck cops who are big fans of Robin Williams spotted their beloved comedian illegally biking on a sidewalk and gave him a free pass — instead of a $100 ticket.
America’s most famous cyclist after Lance Armstrong appeared on “The View” on WABC/Channel 7 yesterday and talked about street justice, celebrity-style.
He said he was riding toward a bike path in Manhattan when “all of a sudden, ‘WHOOP! WHOOP!’ ”
Then he said he heard a cop on a bullhorn order: “PULL OVER!”
“I wasn’t dressed, like, in bike clothing . . . I had a single-speed track bike, and I had on a bal aclava, which basically makes me look like a terrorist or a crack dealer,” he admitted.
But, he insisted, “No one else — no one — was on the sidewalk.
“Then all of a sudden, they’re going, ‘Can we see some ID?’ I had a wallet, luckily.”
“They say, ‘Hey, Mr. Williams, how are you?’ And, ‘Mork!’ ”
Williams, who made his mark playing the alien Mork from Ork in the 1970s sitcom “Mork & Mindy,” said the cops told him: “There’s a new law. Look, we won’t give you a ticket this time.”
New York has had a law against biking on the sidewalk for many years. Cyclists who do so without hitting a pedestrian can be fined up to a C-note. It they do hit a walker, they’re on the hook for up to $300 and their bicycles can be impounded.
The above-the-law actor — now starring on Broadway as the Tiger in “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” — was not goodwill hunting.
He showed no sympathy for “View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who told him, “I got hit by a bike on a sidewalk.”
“Well it’s the law because of you,” Williams, 59, barked back.
Williams is a bike nut who owns some 60 of them, according to BikeRadar.com.
New York has been cracking down on bikers who flout the law by zooming through red lights, going the wrong way down one-way streets and endangering pedestrians on sidewalks.
Cops were “unfair” to exempt Williams because of his celebrity, said Robert Fader, a Long Island lawyer who represents injured cyclists.
“Strictly speaking, the cops have the right to give these tickets out,” he said. “It’s a rulebook-slowdown kind of thing, where they’re following the letter of the law.”
Police declined comment.”
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