Skip to comments.Motorcyclist leads police on I-70 chase that hits 170 mph
Posted on 06/06/2005 8:12:11 AM PDT by Responsibility1st
Rico Lamar Porter doesn't have a license to drive, but apparently he thought he had a license to fly Wednesday afternoon.
Porter, 27, of 25 Dyer Drive, Hickory, was arrested after leading state police on an eight-mile, 170-mph chase on traffic-congested Interstate 70.
That's no misprint. Commonly referred to as a sport bike or "crotch rocket," an aerodynamic motorcycle like the one Porter was operating is capable of speeds of around 200 mph.
Trooper Martin Gonglik was running radar about 4:20 p.m. near the Dunningsville exit of the highway when he clocked Porter going 120 mph.
Gonglik activated the lights and siren on his police car and attempted to stop Porter, but the motorcylist instead took off. With the trooper in his marked police cruiser in pursuit, Porter weaved in and out of eastbound traffic.
At times, he drove on the berm to get around vehicles. And not surprisingly, Porter didn't use his turn signal during lane changes.
Porter got off the highway at the Centerville exit and momentarily lost control of his slick speedster. Gonglik swerved to avoid a collision, hitting a guard rail. Porter again tried to flee, going south on Route 481, but ended up hitting the side of the police cruiser. Porter, who was wearing a helmet, was slightly injured and taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.
District Judge Jay Weller initially thought police had made a mistake when he read the criminal complaint filed against Porter.
"When I asked about going 170 mph, he just nodded his head," Weller said of Porter. "He was very forthright about everything. He said he just got the bike two weeks ago and hadn't even made the first payment."
Porter told Weller that his bike-riding days were over.
"He said it was a good thing that the trooper caught him because he probably would have killed himself," Weller said. "He was trying to catch up with some friends. He wondered why he caught up with them so quickly, but they had seen the trooper and slowed down."
Porter was arraigned before Weller on charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license, having no registration, having no insurance, driving off the road, not using his turn signal, failing to drive at a safe speed, speeding, careless driving, reckless driving and not having the vehicle inspected. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $2,500 bond.
A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday before District Judge Curtis Thompson.
My pig can only fly 100 mph.
What kind of crotch rocket was it?
Sounds like a Darwin Award wannabe. This Bozo is not qualified because he did not manage to kill himself despite a really good effort. I guess he will just have to try harder next time. Just hope he does not take any innocent people with him.
The speed of a radio transmission to set up a road block or call for assistance...is infinitely faster.
He DIDN'T use his turn signal??!!??!! That's it, throw the book at him!
Okay, something smells WAY fishy here...
First of all top speed for a Hayabusa right now is 183MPH and it's the fastest production motorcycle made. So the 200MPH is kinda iffy (not excusing what the Squid did in any way).
He hasn't made his first payment on the bike but was cited with driving with no insurance and registration???? They won't even let you take a bike out of the dealership without insurance etc.etc. Doesn't make sense to me!!!
The guy was just plain STUPID though...
Also would like to add that I want to know what the trooper was driving that he could keep up with him at 170MPH....
It's a CROTCH SCOOTER!
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Who was going fast enough to clock him? How did they clock his speed? I didn't think the radar units went that high.
Some guy in Minnesota got a ticket for 205 mph a few months back, but he pulled over when he saw the cruisers.
a chopper or fixed wing AC could have clocked him.
Some people have all the fun ~ damn! ;)
They identified him by the "Stop Road Rage" sticker.
I wonder if the bike was turbocharged? I could get my
R1100RT-P going that fast if I wanted to spend $$$$
on a RB Racing turbo setup (plus the beefed up suspension
to make all that power controllable).
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