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Police chief in motorcycle accident

Published: 8:48 AM, 10/09/2012 Last updated: 8:48 AM, 10/09/2012

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults said he injured his left shoulder on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Knoxville, following a collision with another motorcycle during a benefit ride for an anti-drug program.

Shults was part of a group of motorcycle riders traveling north on Clinton Highway when, 15 minutes into the ride, Shults' motorcycle struck the left saddlebag of Knox County Sheriff Office' Sgt. Roger Sexton's motorcycle, knocking over Sgt. Sexton's motorcycle and throwing Shults off his motorcycle.

Shults said he was "probably" running 40-45 mph on his 2003 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic when "something" happened and traffic "bowed up" in front of him.

"I saw something to my right and took evasive action," the police chief said.

He said his motorcycle's brakes started to lock and his motorcycle went into a "wobble", where the motorcycle's front wheel was "flopping left and right.

"I knew I was going to wreck," he said.

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