POLICE BEAT

Hampden motorcyclist charged with driving 77 mph through Holden

Posted May 18, 2012, at 5:33 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A motorcyclist from Hampden was charged with criminal speeding early Friday morning after a police officer clocked him traveling more than 30 mph faster than the speed limit on U.S. Route 1A, according to Police Chief Gene Worcester.

Officer Bruce Graybill stopped a motorcycle driven by Pedro Rodriguez, 42, after he “observed the motorcycle passing him at a high rate of speed, heading north,” at about 4:25 a.m., Worcester said Friday afternoon.

The officer used radar to determine that the bike was going 77 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to Worcester.

Rodriguez was summoned and charged with criminal speeding and failure to produce evidence of insurance, Worcester said.

Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court on July 12.

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