- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2005

GLASGOW, Scotland — President Bush had a rough 59th birthday yesterday after taking a spill on his bike that also took out a Scottish policeman.

Shortly after arriving in Gleneagles, Scotland, for the G-8 summit, Mr. Bush took advantage of the little free time he would have by embarking on an invigorating bike ride, his favorite exercise.

He was about an hour into his excursion when he crashed while going at “a pretty good speed” on the damp pavement, according to White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

Mr. Bush suffered “mild-to-moderate” scrapes on his hands and arms that required bandaging by the president’s doctor.

His Scottish escort, who was standing by the road at the time, didn’t get off so lightly, injuring his ankle severely enough to require a trip to the hospital.

The president visited with the hurt policeman for a while at the scene before dispatching his personal doctor, Richard Tubb, to accompany him to the emergency room, where the unidentified officer was treated and released with no broken bones.

According to Mr. McClellan, the president had a “very pleasant” post-dinner conversation with the officer, who was reached on his cell phone on the way home.

The president told the policeman in a conversation that lasted “a few minutes” that “he was glad to hear he was doing OK,” Mr. McClellan said.

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