By Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
James “Bubba” Stewart Jr., 25, was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup northbound on State Road 417 at 4:50 p.m. when he tried to stop another vehicle using red and blue police-type lights, troopers said.
As Stewart pulled alongside the vehicle, the driver identified himself as a law officer. That’s when Stewart, who had a passenger in the pickup, sped off, the highway patrol said.
The troopers called 911, and an Orange County deputy sheriff and an Orlando police officer stopped Stewart at Orlando International Airport.
Troopers arrived and arrested Stewart. His passenger, whom the FHP identified as Thames Jehrrod Quinault, 44, of California, was arrested on a charge of tampering with evidence. Investigators say he hid the red and blue lights in his luggage. The man was booked into the Orange County Jail as Quinault Thames Jehrrod.
Stewart was released at about 2:50 a.m. Several people were waiting for him and put a cap and gray hooded sweatshirt on him, apparently to obscure his face for waiting media. None of them would answer questions as they left the building and sped away in a white Range Rover driven by a woman.
Supercross.com says Stewart is known to his fans as “the fastest man on the planet.” Supercross races are run on manmade tracks, mostly in major stadiums. The races include large jumps and obstacles.
Stewart is the star of a reality-TV show on Fuel TV — a sports-and-entertainment channel — called “Bubba’s World.”
Property records show that Stewart lives in a six-bedroom, 7 1/2-bathroom house worth $3 million in southwest Orange County.
According to his website, Stewart began riding a dirt bike when he was 3 years old and entered his first race the following year. He practiced on 40 acres that his father bought in 1997 in Haines City, which is his hometown, according to the website.
Teen People named Stewart one of “20 teens who will change the world” in 2003, and he has been featured in publications including Rolling Stone, Maxim and GQ, according to the website.