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Before he knew it, Cooke said a dump truck began tailgating the group of nearly two dozen officers.
The driver was beeping his horn, Cooke said, and eventually worked the truck in between the officers in the front of the pack and the back of the pack.
Only Cooke and one other officer, Cpl. Dominic Scali, were in uniform. The rest of the officers, all of whom were out on a training ride, were in plain clothes.
The truck eventually continued past the rest of the group, Cooke said, and the driver shouted obscenities out the window. The truck was about an arm's length away from officers as it passed.
But then it gets so good.
When the truck stopped at a red light at Stewart Avenue and Dorsey Road, Cooke said he got off his bike and approached the truck on foot. He said he identified himself as police and ordered the driver to hand over his license and registration.
But when the light turned green, the truck drove away, Cooke said.
Police obtained the truck's license plate number and charged the driver, Frank Worthington, 66, of Cecil County, with more than a half dozen traffic offenses.
On Monday, District Court Judge Laura Robinson fined Worthington $1,000 for reckless driving and ordered him to complete 16 hours of community service.
Good things happen when the police ride bikes.
The Port Deposit man will complete his community service with the nonprofit Bike AAA, a group started nearly two years ago to advocate for more bicycle ridership and to educate cyclists and motorists on their rights and responsibilities on the road.
Bike AAA is not the bicycle component of AAA but rather Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel, which I have just now heard of.
Anne Arundel State's Attorney Wes Adams said he hopes the case will teach Worthington to follow the rules of the road and draw attention to the law that motorists must give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing.
And then file this under things that were apparent.
Worthington said he didn't realize the cyclists were police.