NEWPORT — A 28-year-old man is facing numerous charges after police say he led them on a high-speed chase on his motorcycle.
Jordan Medley of Newport Center is facing charges of eluding a police officer with gross negligence, grossly negligent operation, recklessly endangering another person, excessive speed, as well as numerous traffic violations.
On Saturday, a trooper patrolling Route 111 in Derby says he saw a black Honda CBR motorcycle traveling at 62 MPH in the posted 50 MPH zone.
The bike and operator were recognized as having been described as being involved in a dispute moments earlier in the town of Derby.
As the trooper turned around to stop the motorcycle, it accelerated away at a high rate of speed.
The trooper activated his emergency lights and siren to attempt a stop, and the motorcycle failed to yield, quickly exceeding speeds of 100 MPH.
Police say the vehicle continued into Morgan, passing through the 35 MPH zones near the Morgan Country Store and Lake Seymour beach at high rates of speed, passing motorists unsafely and alarming local residents.
The trooper terminated attempts to catch the motorcycle for safety reasons and began an investigation to identify the male operator and his female passenger.
Police say the investigation, including witness statements, DMV checks and a review of dashcam video, identified the operator as likely being Medley.
Newport police officers located Medley, his passenger, and the motorcycle at a convenience store in Newport at around 9:00 p.m.
The two were interviewed by NPD officers and VSP troopers, and as a result, Medley was taken into custody.
He was processed and released with a citation to appear in court at a later date to answer to charges.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.