Critical Mass Miami: Charges Dropped Against Bike-Riding Ice Cream Chef AJ Constantin

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AJ Constantin and his Sear'N Gears ice-cream bike
His milkshakes might bring all the boys to the yard, but they don't draw cops to court.

Local chef AJ Constantin is in the clear after Miami Police officers failed to attend a 9:45 court hearing this morning. Judge Andrea Wolfson promptly dismissed the charges against Constantin. He was arrested earlier this summer for selling his gourmet ice cream from the back of his tricycle after a Critical Mass bike ride.

"I'm thrilled," Constantin tells Riptide. "It was a very, very easy procedure: I was called, the cops didn't show up, and the judge smirked and said 'case dismissed.'"

See also: Critical Mass Chaos: Cops Booed, Pelted With Objects After Arresting Ice-Cream Bicycle Chef

Wolfson's decision brings to an end an odd couple of months for Constantin. He was arrested on June 28 while slinging basel-flavored ice cream to Critical Mass bikers at the Filling Station downtown.

Even though Constantin had permission to sell on Filling Station property, cops claimed he was operating without a license. They also said he resisted arrest. When they handcuffed him, the crowd of bikers began throwing objects at the cops.

Constantin says the arrest -- and New Times's coverage -- has helped raise the profile of his fledgling business Sear'N Gears (he is also a chef at Michael's Genuine).

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Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
But it has also cost him at least $700 in cancelled events. Thankfully, he says, local attorney and Miami Beach city commission candidate Michael Grieco volunteered his services pro bono.

"He's an amazing guy," Constantin says of Grieco. "he seemed really passionate about clearing things up because he thought the charges were total garbage."

Constantin says he plans to keep selling his ice cream just like before his arrest. He intends to bring his tricycle cooler to Critical Mass on August 30 and the PBR Ride the next day.

Now that his legal trouble is over with, he even plans to push his arrest-inspired po-po pops.

"I didn't want to bring attention before the trial," he says of sitting on the secret ice cream weapon. "Now I want to figure out a way to bring the po-po pops to the masses on a bigger scale."

Thanks to Random Pixels for the tip.

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7 comments
Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

good! We NEED the ice cream man! It's hot as heck in Miami and anything cool during a ride is welcome.

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

@andy cole - So are the traffic jams the other 353 days of the year in Miami.

Andy Cole
Andy Cole

Nevertheless critical mass is still a nuisance.

Sonia Hall Toth Malman
Sonia Hall Toth Malman

Not sure why, and don't yet know the whole story, but on the outside, it seems like a happy thing, like: Oh, oh, the ice cream man, on a hot summer day!

Ivo Reyes
Ivo Reyes

good news!!! :) ...now whatever happen to that doctor who ran over those people?

cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

@Andy Cole Thanks for letting everyone know.

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