Arnold won’t let stitches stop motorcycle love

first_imgA fat-lipped Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed Monday to keep riding motorcycles – despite a weekend accident that left the former Hollywood action hero with minor injuries. As an actor, he said, he had to sign contracts covering possible injuries from stunts. “I did all those things anyway,” Schwarzenegger said. “I never played by the rules.” The governor received 15 stitches in his lip after he and his 12-year-old son, Patrick, were involved in the accident Sunday near their Los Angeles home, his spokeswoman Margita Thompson said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I was very lucky,” Schwarzenegger said during an appearance Monday at a health center for women and children in North Hollywood. “It could have been very different.” The left side of the governor’s upper lip was swelled and puffy but didn’t affect his speech or appear to cause much pain. “What normally happens when you see someone in Hollywood with swollen lips, it’s collagen shots,” Schwarzenegger said, referring to a substance used in some cosmetic procedures. “But this is not what it is, it’s no plastic surgery or anything like that,” he said. Schwarzenegger said doctors had advised him to avoid attending events and speaking for at least three days. “My wife said make it seven,” Schwarzenegger joked. The governor was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his son in a sidecar when another driver backed into the street, Thompson said. Schwarzenegger collided with the car at low speed. He and his son were treated for minor cuts and bruises at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica and released. Both were wearing helmets. The other driver was uninjured. No citations were issued in the incident in the city’s Brentwood section, said Officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. Schwarzenegger, who famously rode motorcycles in the “Terminator” movies, never obtained an M-1 or M-2 endorsement on his California driver’s license that would allow him to legally ride one on the street, Los Angeles radio station KFI-AM (640) reported Monday. “He has acknowledged he should have the appropriate endorsement on his license and will be getting one,” Thompson told The Associated Press. The governor does hold a Class C license that entitles him to legally operate a motorcycle with a sidecar attached. He also held a European license that “covered motorcycles when he first came to the country,” Thompson said. She did not know whether the European license was still current. In December 2001, Schwarzenegger broke six ribs and was hospitalized for four days after a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles. That crash occurred when a car stopped in front of him and he was unable to change lanes to avoid the vehicle. His ribs were broken when his chest hit the motorcycle windshield.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img