Kittery man arrested, 2nd man sought after motorcyclists try to run from speeding tickets

Posted May 18, 2012, at 5:14 a.m.

MILTON, N.H. — State police say they are still searching for the second motorcyclist involved in a vehicular pursuit on Sunday after two motorcyclists traveling together sped away from a trooper attempting to pull them over for speeding in Rochester.

One motorcyclist evaded police and the second was arrested and charged after crashing into a utility pole in Milton.

Charles Bryant, 21, of Kittery, Maine, was arrested and charged with disobeying a police officer, reckless operation, operating without a motorcycle license and operating an unregistered vehicle. Police did not provide Bryant’s street address.

Lt. Gary Wood of Troop A said at approximately 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, a trooper signaled two motorcyclists traveling at a high rate of speed on the Spaulding Turnpike to pull over near Exit 15. The trooper reported the two bikers sped away and he lost sight of them. A short time later, the trooper came upon one of the downed bikers, later identified as Bryant, at the bottom of the off-ramp at Exit 17 in Milton. Bryant was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and then charged.

Wood said an investigation is ongoing and officials have narrowed down several suspects in hopes of identifying the second motorcyclist who got away. He said he believed speed had played a factor in Bryant’s crash as well.

“Obviously, he couldn’t negotiate at the bottom of the ramp,” he said. “It could have been a contributing factor.”

He added as it gets warmer, more people take their motorcycles out on the road. He urged operators to exercise caution.

“Obey the speed limits and the traffic control laws as any other motorist,” he said.

© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

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