150 Mph Chase Ends Up with a Firefighter at Gunpoint
On June 18, 2019, Arkansas State Police Trooper Mitchell Grant was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy 65, south of Pickens, working moving radar, when he observed what appeared to be a white motorcycle traveling northbound, toward him, at a high rate of speed. Grant's radar indicated 122 mph. It was a 65 mph zone. Trooper Grant entered a median turn-around just before the motorcycle passed him. He observed the rider to be a white male, riding a white sportsbike.
The biker was a local firefighter riding a Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa. He led an Arkansas State Police Trooper on a 10-minute pursuit, during which the Trooper reached speeds of 151 MPH the maximum speed of his cruiser, while the motorcycle, at times, reached speeds far exceeding the officer's ability to keep up.
Ultimately, the rider was arrested and sentenced to "12 months on suspended imposition of sentence, with an additional fine of $2500," a $165 court fee, and a $20 booking fee, with credit for one day served.