Decatur - Decatur police are hoping for tips that could eventually lead to the arrest of a motorcycle driver that led an officer on a high speed chase.
Saturday morning July 14, 2012, at 1:54am, an officer attempted to stop two motorcycles on North Water Street for traffic violations. One cycle slowed down while the other sped off. The motorcycle was driven by a male and had a female passenger.
The police car attempting to make the stop hit speeds near 70mph but still could not catch up. The officer driving the squad car broke off the chase for safety reasons.
Police say the motorcycle driver endangered the lives of other drivers and the life of his passenger. "The passenger had no choice," Crime Prevention Officer Shawn Guenther told WAND News. "She's not making the decision to throw the throttle down and take off. I doubt she leaned forward into his ear and told him to take off."
Dash camera video from the squad car viewed by WAND News shows the motorcycle fleeing at a high rate of speed and running a red light at an intersection. Despite the high rate of speed the driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were not wearing helmets.
Anyone having information regarding either of the two motorcycles can call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS. People providing tips do not have to give their names and in some cases may be eligible for a reward.