Almost two years to the day after a police officer in Australia pulled him over for riding a bike without a helmet, Arnold Schwarzenegger has once again been spotted riding a bike in Melbourne bare-headed – despite a journalist gifting one to the Terminator star and former governor of California so he wouldn’t repeat the offence.
In March 2015, the 69-year-old was stopped by Senior Constable Robert Gillson in the Victorian capital as he rode through the city on one of its hire scheme bikes. Instead of fining him, the officer directed him instead to a nearby 7-Eleven store where he could by a helmet for A$5.
Schwarzenegger has been back in Australia to attend his annual Arnold Classic multi-sports contest.
At a press conference, Australian journalist Seb Costello gave the actor-turned-politician a cycle helmet – but Schwarzenegger was snapped the following day going for a ride in the city, it was dangling from his bike’s handlebars.
— Seb Costello (@SebCostello9) March 17, 2017
The globetrotting former Governator has a habit of breaking laws when he hops on a bike while broad – last year, he rode down the wrong side of a street in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.
Last autumn, after visiting the Oktoberfest in Munich, he was stopped by police as he rode through the Bavarian city’s main railway station – an infraction which cost him no more than a request for a selfie with the officer concerned.
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