- Rider said he was driving 160 mph
By IVY HERRON
Calls to the Brazil City Police Department complaining about two motorcyclists' wild driving led to a high-speed police chase and arrest of a rural Brazil man on Sunday.
After a complaint at 6:52 p.m., Patrolman Jeff Bucklin located two motorcyclists driving what are referred to as "crotch rockets" in the parking lot area of The Freeze. When he pulled into the parking lot to question the individuals, they drove off at a high rate of speed toward Brazil.
Bucklin clocked the motorcycles exceeding 70 mph in a 40 mph zone until they reached the intersection of Murphy Ave. and U.S. 40, where they turned in opposite directions.
One driver went north, while Bucklin followed the driver that turned south.
The driver of that motorcycle ran the stop sign at Pinckley St., continuing south in excess of 120 mph until Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Brison Swearingen was able to stop him around Murphy Road and C.R. 700 N.
While Derik Alan Pierce, 21, was being handcuffed, he admitted driving around 160 mph during the pursuit.
Pierce was ticketed for various traffic offenses (including no permit to drive a motorcycle, false registration, no insurance and disregarding a stop sign) but the most serious preliminary charges he was arrested for were speed contest, reckless driving/speeding up and resisting law enforcement.
Transported to Clay County Justice Center and booked in with a $7,000 10 percent cash bond, Pierce bonded out to await arraignment.
The incident is still under investigation, according to Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk.
"We've had numerous 'hot-rodding' complaints from residents about motorcycles all summer long," Chief Loudermilk said. "Pulling 'wheelies' is an automatic reckless driving offense -- people need to know you can be incarcerated for that -- and a reckless driving charge on record almost makes a driver uninsurable in the future. They're also very close to losing their license."