Late-night motorcycle chase hits 135 mph in Johnston County

From staff reportsNovember 15, 2013 

— A late-night police chase in Johnston County reached speeds of 135 mph after a motorcyclist ran a stop sign at about 2 a.m. Friday, according to the Wilson’s Mills Police Department.

Jerry Baker Jr., 25, led an officer on a five-mile chase along Wilson’s Mills Road, U.S. 70, N.C. 42, Cornwallis Road, N.C. 42 and Old Ranch Road, taken into custody on Tobacco Road, Chief David Hess said Friday. The chase ended after about 10 minutes, when the bike apparently broke down, Hess said.

The roads were empty during the chase, the chief said. “There was nobody at risk other than the officer involved,” he said. In Wilson’s Mills, the decision to pursue a suspect is generally based on an officer’s discretion.

Police seized the motorcycle and arrested Baker on a felony charge of speeding to elude arrest, failing to register a vehicle and not having a motorcycle endorsement on his drivers license.

No one was injured, Hess reported.

The suspect was held Friday on $5,000 bond, Hess said.

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