Spyder Cycles Not Making Appearance at Wheeling Christmas Parade
They are three-wheeled cycles that normally make an appearance at the Wheeling Christmas Parade, but this year the Wheeling police announced the spyder cycles will not be in the parade, but for a good reason.
Wheeling police said they are taking extra precautions following an incident in Morgantown where a spyder motorcycle went up in flames, injuring a police officer.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said he decided not to use the spyder motorcycles in the parade, or at all for that matter, until they are inspected.
Schwertfeger said this is being done in order to ensure the safety of their officers and the public.
"We learned of that information and whether or not there's a recall related, I am not sure, but we basically garaged our spyder's until they can be inspected and deemed safe for operation," he said. "It's kind of a no brainer. I'm certainly not going to put one of my officers on one of those things if there is a risk."
Despite the change, Schwertfeger said officers will still ride in the parade, but will be driving their K-9 unite SUVs.