By Alastair Baker News Editor
Both police departments in Red Lodge considered the 19th Beartooth Rally one of the quietest in years. City Police Chief Richard Pringle felt that turnout was ‘’low” for both crowds and bikes. “It was drastically down,” he said. “Really quiet and kind of boring, which is good. There were no fights, and we had only three DUIs.” Pringle had met with the Mongol motorbike group on Friday to ensure that there would be no trouble in town during the event. “They assured me that there wouldn’t be, and if they did have any, they’d take it outside of town,” said Pringle. Sheriff Tom Reiger also said it was very quiet although he felt there had more bikes than in previous years. He saw some members of the Mongols, who he said, “waved" at him. DUIs were also down for the Sheriff ’s Department. It was the same message from the Montana Highway Patrol who attended three serious rally-related accidents, one involving a 49-year-old woman from Cynthia, Alberta, northbound on the Joliet Road who lost control of her motorcycle while adjusting her glove and was “ejected” said Trooper Bill Bullock. She was taken to Stillwater Billings Clinic by ambulance and possibly HelpFlighted to Billings, said Bullock Overall though, Bullock said “it was just like a normal weekend.” Chief Pringle could not put his finger on the reasons behind the small turnout except to say that road construction in Red Lodge could have played a part.
Additional information from Marlo Pronovost, reporter, Stillwater County News