I-5 motorcyclist reported topping 180 mph

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 8:13 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities in Southern Oregon say they arrested a motorcyclist after twice giving up the chase for safety reasons, and the man told them he did better than 180 mph on Interstate 5.

State Police say 23-year-old Jeffrey B. Engebretson was arrested Sunday after his motorcycle slid out on a gravel road. Officers found him in the woods.

Troopers reported trying to stop the Suzuki R650 on I-5 in southern Douglas County and at Roseburg but backed off when it sped away.

Another chase ended in a rural area northwest of Roseburg after the pavement turned to gravel. A police statement said Engebretson told them he exceeded 140 mph on a county road, 180 mph on the interstate.

Officers said the charges are reckless driving, reckless endangerment and trying to flee.

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