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Man Caught After Motorcycle Pursuit, Brags That He Can Go Faster

He may have been doubling the speed limit, but he can go even faster! According to MyFoxNY, Nikkolaus V. McCarthy, 25, of Charlton, NY hit speeds approaching 170 mph while riding a motorcycle on the New York State Thruway earlier this week.

A cop briefly attempted pursuit, but either couldn't keep up or just didn't want to endanger others' lives. The former seems far more likely.

The officer then radioed a description of the bike and the plate numbers to other troopers and Thruway workers. The other troopers and workers tracked the bike for over twenty minutes until it stopped for gas.

When the officer approached McCarthy at the gas station, he told McCarthy that he had been speeding at up to 170 mph.

His brilliant response: my Suzuki can go 190 mph. The offer was not amused. McCarthy was immediately arrested.

He has been charged with third-degree fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding, and operating out of class, as he did not even have a motorcycle license. He is being held on $20,000 bail at the Albany County Correctional Facility.

Someone is guilty of third-degree fleeing police when, after being directed by an officer to pull over, via siren or lights, they attempt to evade apprehension at speeds exceeding 25 mph over the speed limit or commit reckless driving.

Second-degree fleeing police requires injury to a third party or to an officer, which thankfully did not happen here.

If Nikkolaus McCarthy is convicted of third-degree fleeing police, a Class A misdemeanor, he faces up to a year in jail on that charge alone. He can also probably expect to have any license that he does posses to be revoked or suspended.

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