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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane…

… Yes, it’s California Highway Patrol (CHP) plane A37! :-) And it’s taking videos….

On Friday, according to

“Corey McDonah, 23, was sentenced in Hayward by Judge Gary Picetti of Alameda County Superior Court to 20 days in jail, which McDonah can serve by way of a sheriff’s work detail, and three years of probation. The judge also ordered McDonah to pay $500, perform 40 hours of community service and either sell his bike or take a motorcycle safety class.”

Mr. McDonah had been caught doing wheelies on his orange Kawasaki motorcycle at between 100 and 120 miles per hour on eastbound Interstate 580 near the MacArthur Maze in Oakland. McDonah pleaded (“pled” is not a word) no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving. For you folks unfamiliar with Bay Area highways, the “MacArthur Maze” is a major hub for both east-west and north-south traffic. It is the kind of place where you really don’t want to pick up a motorcycle for a hood ornament. continues:

McDonah got off the freeway at 35th Avenue in Oakland and, with the plane still overhead, ended up in front of a home on El Carmello Circle off Monterey Boulevard in the city’s Redwood Heights neighborhood.

The plane directed CHP officers in their cars straight to McDonah. The ground units took him into custody after the pilot confirmed from above that they had their man. The video shows the officers pointing toward the plane and McDonah looking skyward, in apparent surprise.

“I never even saw the plane, honestly,” McDonah said.

Biologists tell us that the human brain does not physically mature until around age 25. To motorcyclists like me, it seems entirely reasonable.

Be careful out there.

-Bill at

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