At 140 mph, motorcyclist doesn’t fly under the radar
STACEY MULICK; [replacer_a]
Published: June 28th, 2008 01:00 AM
He was late to work and just trying to make up time. Or so said a Bonney Lake man who gunned his 2006 Honda racing-style motorcycle Friday morning, speeding eastbound on Highway 18 going 140 to 150 mph, the Washington State Patrol reported.
The 23-year-old man was nabbed after WSP aircraft picked him up on radar.
Authorities said his speed along the curvy highway, which for years had the nickname “death alley,” was alarming.
“That’s nuts,” trooper Cliff Pratt said.
The aircraft spotted the motorcyclist about 8:25 a.m. Friday, Pratt said. The rider was driving aggressively eastbound on Highway 18 near the Green River.
The aircraft, which monitors weekday traffic in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties, registered the motorcyclist going more than 100 mph in a posted 55-mph zone, troopers reported.
“The motorcyclist was also observed following other motorists at a close distance and making unsafe lane changes to pass traffic,” troopers reported.
A trooper in an unmarked patrol car stopped the motorcyclist at Interstate 90, which means his route took him through the dangerous Tiger Mountain area. The man was cited on suspicion of second-degree negligent driving and driving without a motorcycle endorsement. He was fined $675, according to KOMO-TV.
Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268