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02 May 2012
MOTORCYCLIST ARRESTED AFTER TRAVELING AT 166 MPH ON THRUWAY
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Robert C. Meyers
Troop T Commander
On May 2, 2012, at 12:45 p.m., a Troop T, SP Albany, Trooper observed a motorcycle traveling south on the New York State Thruway in the Village of Ravena, Albany County, NY at 166 MPH. The Trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle as it slowed for traffic ahead of it. The Trooper was able to obtain a description of the operator and the license plate number of the Suzuki motorcycle before it again sped off at a high rate of speed. The Trooper terminated the pursuit due to the speed. The motorcycle's description was given out on the air and other Troopers clocked its speed at various locations at 150 and 170 MPH. Thruway Maintenance workers also provided updates of its location and Troopers were able to locate and stop the motorcycle when it slowed in traffic in the Town of New Paltz approximately 50 miles and 20 minutes later.
The driver, NIKKOLAUS V. MCCARTHY, 25, Charlton, NY, pulled over and was arrested, advising he was low on gasoline. When he was advised of the speeds he was traveling he told Troopers his motorcycle could easily go over 190 MPH. MCCARTHY was arrested for Fleeing Police in the 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Speeding, and Operating Out of Class, since he did not have a motorcycle license. He was arraigned in the Village of Ravena Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail pending further court action.
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