Motorcycle chase reaches 140 mph on Ariz. highway

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Posted: Dec 29, 2009 2:47 PM

A motorcyclist is in custody after leading Arizona highway patrol officers on a chase at speeds reaching 140 mph.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says 22-year-old Ian Jonathan Ereckson of Phoenix rode his sport bike along the streets of west Phoenix and even into the airport. He then headed north on an interstate, pursued by a police helicopter.

The chase ended nearly 50 miles north of Phoenix when the rider either ran out of fuel or his bike broke down.

Ereckson faces charges of felony flight, endangerment, reckless driving and criminal speed. He also has a felony warrant for burglary, attempted theft of means of transportation and criminal trespassing.

Footage from a TV helicopter showed the motorcycle weaving between cars and semis.

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PHOENIX (AP) _ A motorcyclist is in custody after leading Arizona highway patrol officers on a chase at speeds reaching 140 mph.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says 22-year-old Ian Jonathan Ereckson of Phoenix rode his high-performance sport bike along the streets of west Phoenix and even into the airport. He then headed north on an interstate, pursued by a police helicopter.

The chase ended near Black Canyon City nearly 50 miles north of Phoenix when the rider either ran out of fuel or his bike broke down.

Graves says Ereckson faces felony charges of reckless driving and fleeing from police. He also faces past charges including burglary and auto theft.

Footage from a TV helicopter showed the motorcycle weaving between cars and semis.