A 23-year-old man was arrested last week after police say he was speeding and swerving through traffic on his motorcycle – at one point hitting speeds of 146 mph, reports say.
The Lindstrom, Minnesota, man was arrested in Wisconsin for suspicion of first degree reckless endangerment and booked into the Polk County jail Wednesday evening, according to the booking report.
An officer clocked the motorcyclist accelerating from 113 mph to 146 mph on Highway 8, WCCO reports. He was pulled over just south of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
The man told officers his speedometer did not work properly and he didn't realize he was going that fast, WCCO says. He also said he'd driven his motorcycle close to 200 mph on a track before.
Speed was a known factor in at least one of the 13 motorcycle-related deaths so far this year in Minnesota, according to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The department said in a news release Monday that speed played a role in 213 fatal crashes between 2011 and 2013, causing 235 deaths and 666 serious injuries in Minnesota.
“Summer is the deadliest season on our roads and there are far too many motorists speeding, driving aggressively and putting their lives and the lives of others in danger,” Donna Berger, office of traffic safety director, said in the release. “Law enforcement has heard every excuse for speeding. It’s time to stop the excuses, slow down and get you, your friends and family safely to your destination.”
The department announced Monday that 400 state law enforcement agencies will increase patrols from June 16 to 20 to combat traffic crashes, deaths and serious injuries caused by speeding.
Last July, during the state's enforcement campaign, a man was ticketed for driving his Ford Mustang at 148 mph – more than 90 mph over the 55-mph limit – on Tagus Avenue just north of Hutchinson.
In 2004, a motorcyclist was arrested after he was clocked going 205 mph – faster than the state patrol plane – in Wabasha, Minnesota. At that time, police said although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.
The Minnesota State Patrol says fines double for motorists clocked at just 20 mph over the speed limit, and anyone driving faster than 100 mph can lose their license for six months.