Motorcyclist sought after high-speed chase

'He just turned around, looked at me and took off'
Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:13 AM

Authorities were looking for a man who led deputies on a brief but high-speed chase on what investigators think was a stolen motorcycle Thursday morning.

Deputy Troy Reynolds of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office saw a person wearing a black jacket and black helmet that had an orange, Mohawk-style fringe over the top riding the red Kawasaki Ninja, a high-powered brand of motorcycle, down Smokey Creek Road toward Clarks Chapel Road. The motorcyle passed a car in a no-passing zone just before 9:30 a.m., so Reynolds turned on his car's blue lights to pull the motorcycle over.

"He just turned around, looked at me and took off," Reynolds said.

Reynolds sped after it, but the motorcycle accelerated to what Reynolds estimated was more than 100 mph, which is when sheriff's Capt. B.J. Fore told Reynolds for public-safety reasons to stop trying to catch it and called in other deputies, the Highway Patrol and the Lenoir Police Department to try to cut the motorcycle off.

A neighbor spotted the bike turning from Clarks Chapel Road to Rural Retreat Road and called the sheriff's office, Reynolds said. Deputies found fresh tire tracks on some bike trails at the end of Rural Retreat Road, followed them and found the motorcycle in a pine thicket about a mile into the woods, near Pinnacle Court, just before 11 a.m.

The rider was not found.

The motorcycle was towed to the sheriff's office impound area and searched. They found that its vehicle identification number had been scratched out, leading investigators to believe the motorcycle had been stolen, and its license plate was registered to a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office at 758-2324, or Caldwell County Crime Stoppers at 758-8300.