RAVENA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Troopers had to wait until a motorcycle clocked going at 166 MPH down the NYS Thruway slowed down in traffic before arresting the driver.
Just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, State Police saw the motorcycle fly by and tried to pull the driver over when he hit traffic in the Village of Ravena. But the driver didn't move to the side, and when traffic cleared, he took off. But the trooper was able to obtain a description of the driver and the license plate number of the Suzuki bike.
Troopers along the thruway and highway maintenance personnel kept an eye on the motorcycle as it sped down the mainline, clocking its speed at between 150 and 170 MPH. Approximately 50 miles and 20 minutes later, the motorcycle hit traffic again in the Town of New Paltz and troopers pulled up behind.
The driver pulled over this time. Nikkolaus McCarthy, 25, of Charlton told troopers he was low on gasoline. Before being arrested, troopers told McCarthy what they clocked his speed at. He informed police that his motorcycle could easily go over 190 MPH.
McCarthy was cuffed and charged with third degree fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding, and operating out of class because McCarthy does not have a motorcycle driver's license. He was arraigned and taken to the Albany County Correction Facility on $20,000 bail.
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