Motorcyclist exceeded 165 mph, police say
CATSKILL >> A New Jersey motorcyclist who was clocked at speeds exceeding 165 mph while fleeing from troopers was arrested after stopping for gas at Exit 21, state police said Tuesday.
Kevin W. O’Donnell, 20, of Wayne, N.J., was taken into custody about 10:20 a.m. Saturday in Catskill and was charged with the misdemeanors of reckless endangerment, unlawfully fleeing a police officer and theft of services, as well as numerous vehicle and traffic violations, police said.
Trooper David Howard said O’Donnell weaved through southbound Thruway traffic on a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle and passed vehicles on the highway’s shoulders after fleeing from police who tried to pull him over.
Using radar, troopers confirmed O’Donnell was travelling at 167 mph, but he was believed to be going even faster, Howard said.
Howard said police lost track of O’Donnell but were called by toll booth operators after he allegedly failed to pay the toll at Exit 21.
O’Donnell was arraigned in New Baltimore Town Court and sent to the Greene County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.