A Eugene motorcyclist who sped past an off-duty Oregon state trooper on Interstate 5 may have set the mark as the state’s fastest speeder on record.
The motorcyclist’s video of himself proves it, police said.
Oregon State Police stopped the red and black Honda motorcycle just north of Eugene on Sunday afternoon and found a digital video camera attached to the front of the bike aimed at the speedometer and front windscreen. When they downloaded the images, they saw the driver hitting a top speed of 164 mph.
“I thought I’d seen it all,” said Senior Trooper Jeff Leighty, who first spotted the cyclist. “It’s absolute insanity.”
Troopers arrested Eugene resident Ben Howard Kelley, 37, on a charge of reckless driving and booked him into the Lane County Jail. He has since been released.
No telephone listing for Kelley could be located.
Leighty said he was in an unmarked police car returning to Salem from an assignment in Roseburg when a motorcycle squeezed between him and another car at extremely high speed just north of the Belt Line Road construction zone. He estimated that the bike was doing better than 100 mph.
The bike slowed down in traffic a short distance later, and Leighty, who did not attempt a pursuit, drew close enough to see the license number. He radioed the information to a state police dispatcher, and troopers Thomas Hunt and Clay Cole from the Springfield patrol office were able to stop the bike a few miles north of Eugene.
The video showed that Leighty’s estimate was right on, with the bike passing him at 115 mph, police said.
“I was a motor officer for five years, and I know reckless operation when I see it,” Leighty said. “He just absolutely disappeared.”
Leighty said the video shows the bike speeding between two freight trucks and passing cars on the freeway shoulder, all at extremely high speed.
The top speed of 164 mph isbelieved to be the highest re*corded by a speeder in Oregon. Leighty said some speeders have boasted of going faster, but this may be the fastest one that’s verifiable
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