Professional motorcycle stuntman CJ Barham in Tijuana prison
CJ Barham’s family claim a gun was planted in a motorcyclist after he escaped police.
ROSARITO BEACH, Baja California — A professional Sacramento motorcycle stuntman is behind bars in Tijuana, charged with evading arrest and possession of a handgun.
CJ Barham, 29, has more than 50,000 followers on instagramwhere he posts videos of the stunts he performs on his custom Harley Davidson.
He appeared at car and motorcycle shows, doing donuts, wheelies and other tricks for the crowd.
But when he takes his show to the streets, stunts become illegal.
When he crossed the border last month into Mexico to attend a rally, his motorcycle ride turned into a police chase in Rosarito Beach.
“They were trying to knock CJ off his bike with their police trucks, and one of them managed to block him. They jumped up and fired the guns at him and he came off the embankment and crashed,” said Susan Barham, CJ’s mother.
Mother doesn’t approve of son’s stunts on public roads, but when she found out he was charged with possession of a handgun in Mexico, she says she knew he was framed .
“This weapon only surfaced after CJ was arrested. There were no firearms at the crime scene,” she said. “He has no firearms or own weapons. He’s just a biker.
The stuntman’s father initially tried to intervene with authorities in Tijuana, according to the mother.
“His dad flew in immediately when CJ said he was arrested and took money with him and tried to pay a fine to get him out of jail,” Susan Barham said. She and the father are divorced.
Possession of a handgun in Mexico is a federal offense, which is why CJ was transferred to La Mesa prison in Tijuana.
Two weeks ago, his mother was able to visit him for four hours.
” He is afraid. He has never experienced anything like this. So he’s already lost probably 10 or 15 pounds just in 20 days. They eat soup every day. They don’t get a solid meal,” she said.
Barham hired a pair of lawyers in Tijuana to help get his son released.
“First of all, we will never go back to Mexico after this. Second, he comes from a family that has law enforcement. So he respects them. At the same time, he doesn’t want to get in trouble. said the mother. “He may be a reckless motorcyclist and a party animal, but he is not a criminal. He does not belong in a high security prison.
Susan Barham claims the officers were angry with her son for evading arrest. She said the officers beat her son and stuck the gun in him.
CBS 8 contacted Rosarito police. The department said these types of allegations would be investigated by a separate agency, called Sindicatura, which reviews allegations of police abuse.