In an activity often associated with a need for speed, a motor deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is being praised for his ability to go super slow.
Barry Dufek, of the sheriff’s office motorcycle unit, took first place at the Mid-Atlantic Motorcycle Rodeo’s “slow ride” event last Saturday.
The objective was to finish dead last, with the longest time possible. Dufek rode the course in 1 minute and 16 seconds, six seconds slower than the second place finisher, who came in at 1 minute and 10 seconds.
Dufek joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 and became a member of the motorcycle unit in 2008.
The motorcycle rodeo began in 1979 as a way to build skills and relationships between motorcycle officers in the Washington area.
This year’s event was held in Gainesville, Va., and had more than 115 participants from law enforcement agencies across the East Coast.