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This Is No Way To Celebrate Your Sobriety

Cops: Man stole chopper to mark months clean

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FEBRUARY 21--An Arizona man arrested for allegedly stealing a motorcycle from a Kawasaki dealership told police he was “celebrating 4 months of sobriety and decided he wanted” a chopper, according to court records.

Investigators say that Jackson Hanley, 29, was actually intoxicated when he walked into a Mesa dealership earlier this month and “grabbed a Kawasaki motorcycle and began pushing it down the street.”

Hanley, who rode his bicycle to Kelly’s Kawasaki, had his theft bid thwarted when a customer alerted an employee that a crime was in progress. Police were then summoned and Hanley was located about a mile away. “The defendant,” a cop noted, was found “resting on a fence with the bike slightly tipped over but still upright.”

Hanley, cops say, “admitted to stealing the motorcycle. He said he was celebrating 4 months of sobriety and decided he wanted a motorcycle.” Hanley reportedly said he was “going to walk it back home and try and start it there.”

Seen above, Hanley “was admittedly drunk” due to his consumption of vodka and Moscato wine, according to a probable cause statement.

The Kawasaki suffered $3500 in damages to its exhaust due to the way “the motorcycle was leaning against the asphalt” when it was recovered by police.

Hanley was charged with felony theft in connection with the February 11 incident. (3 pages)