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Nice weather, few arrests during 73rd Bike Week

March 17, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The 73rd annual Bike Week ended with nice weather and fewer arrests than in previous years.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1iVHjWf ) that Bike Week wrapped up Sunday with only handful of arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct. Also over the course of the 10-day event, three motorcyclists died in crashes and about three motorcycles were reported stolen.

“It’ll be like an incredibly low number of motorcycles stolen,” Chitwood said. “When there’s this many people here someone’s going to act like a knucklehead, but really, no major things to report.”

Daniel Myara, who owns Cruisin’ Caf at the corner of Main Street and Atlantic Avenue, said bad weather all over the United States gave lots of people a reason to head south for Bike Week.

“People came in from everywhere,” Myara said. “It started slow, but then it got to be a good one after all. The weather was beautiful, so no complaints at all.”

Officials say thousands attended Bike Week.

The event was a first for Luis Sehic, who’s been riding motorcycles for two years. But the Miami resident says it won’t be his last.

“All around, Main Street is pretty nice,” Sehic said. “Absolutely, I’ll be back.”

Bike Week also featured motorcycle demo rides at Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona 200 motorcycle races and the DeLand Bike Rally.

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Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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