Police Searching for Motorcyclist Aft...

Police Searching for Motorcyclist After High-Speed Chase

There are 22 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 18, 2010, titled Police Searching for Motorcyclist After High-Speed Chase. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Virginia State Police are searching for a motorcyclist after a high-speed pursuit.

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Deborah James Gil

Staunton, VA

#1 Jul 18, 2010
If this person didn't commit a murder or a crime against a child .. then why chase him and possibly have innocent people killed in the process. I mean I would have thought the officer did get the plate number .. so why risk getting people killed to so they can say that they caught this person? Is it that important to try to make a name for the Sheriff's Dept?
noitall

Spotsylvania, VA

#4 Jul 18, 2010
One state trooper new the subject, went to his house & they know all about " the motorcyclist" , they just hate to loose an arrest. He will be back in jail soon.
Townie

Mcgaheysville, VA

#6 Jul 18, 2010
Deborah James Gil wrote:
If this person didn't commit a murder or a crime against a child .. then why chase him and possibly have innocent people killed in the process. I mean I would have thought the officer did get the plate number .. so why risk getting people killed to so they can say that they caught this person? Is it that important to try to make a name for the Sheriff's Dept?
I understand what you're saying but think about this too. How do we know he didn't just commit a more serious crime and thats why he isn't stopping? If this was commonly practiced no one would ever pull over knowing the cops wouldn't chase them. Also, license plates identify the motorcycle, not the driver.

Since: Jul 10

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#8 Jul 18, 2010
What a dimwit to drive a motorcycle on the highways at this speed. He will be arrested in no time... his wheels will probably be in storage for awhile.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#9 Jul 19, 2010
Townie wrote:
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I understand what you're saying but think about this too. How do we know he didn't just commit a more serious crime and thats why he isn't stopping? If this was commonly practiced no one would ever pull over knowing the cops wouldn't chase them. Also, license plates identify the motorcycle, not the driver.
agreed...this debate has been bought up many times...same answer each time...

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#10 Jul 19, 2010
Deborah James Gil wrote:
If this person didn't commit a murder or a crime against a child .. then why chase him and possibly have innocent people killed in the process. I mean I would have thought the officer did get the plate number .. so why risk getting people killed to so they can say that they caught this person? Is it that important to try to make a name for the Sheriff's Dept?
Have you lost your mind? Unless you actually catch him, how do you know what he has been involved in prior to the chase? You probably don't know this but in Florida they adopted a no chase policy. Do you have any idea what the results were? Of course you don't. There were actually more fatalities because every time the police attempted to pull someone over the criminals just took off at high speeds knowing that cops wouldn't pursue. If you don't believe it look it up on a reliable website.

On the other hand if criminals know that the cops are going to give chase and eventually catch them they are more likely not to run.

Please think about what you are saying! And stop making the cops out to be the criminals!!!
wise one

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jul 19, 2010
I said last week on a comment that the POLICE can't catch the motorcycle and that is the reason there is more deaths on them because of drivers like this BUM. Cars and trucks can go fast but the motorcycle is a whole lot faster because of the weight and the power they have. BOO HOO for the police that let him get away. What is the two way radio for? If it would have been a car or a truck then it would have been three or four cops cars on his back bumper.
well-

United States

#12 Jul 19, 2010
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>Have you lost your mind? Unless you actually catch him, how do you know what he has been involved in prior to the chase? You probably don't know this but in Florida they adopted a no chase policy. Do you have any idea what the results were? Of course you don't. There were actually more fatalities because every time the police attempted to pull someone over the criminals just took off at high speeds knowing that cops wouldn't pursue. If you don't believe it look it up on a reliable website.
On the other hand if criminals know that the cops are going to give chase and eventually catch them they are more likely not to run.
Please think about what you are saying! And stop making the cops out to be the criminals!!!
Patriot i think what she was getting at was, just get the plate number & go get him later. Not to risk the high speed chase & get innocents hurt or killed. You know they can match his description if they get the plates & find the owner. lots less risky that way. then let his butt chill in time out for a while. Not to mention he's got to pay those high fines now for speeding, lol. dumb move...
crack scooter

United States

#13 Jul 19, 2010
Here in Cville the high powered Japanese bikes are favored drug movers since no one can catch them. A helmet with a full face plate that is TINTED pretty much guarantees that the cop won't be able to ID the driver.

When you are sitting on top of thousands of dollars worth of drugs a speed of 120+ mph might seem appropriate.

When a person risks all to outrun the police there is usually a pretty good reason as to why this happens.
cluck

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Jul 19, 2010
"a skinny white male"

"skinny" as is "fat" is not politically correct.

For shame.
Calming my nerves

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jul 19, 2010
Hope he gets away clean. One for the civilians.
Just Me

Richmond, VA

#16 Jul 19, 2010
Deborah James Gil wrote:
If this person didn't commit a murder or a crime against a child .. then why chase him and possibly have innocent people killed in the process. I mean I would have thought the officer did get the plate number .. so why risk getting people killed to so they can say that they caught this person? Is it that important to try to make a name for the Sheriff's Dept?
Hmmm... Going 100+ MPH... I am going to have to think they may not have gotten a plate number. This does not tell you who was driving. You could easily ditch the bike and say someone took it without your knowledge. Is it a wanted person?? The police don't know if they cannot find out who it is. I am not necessarily in favor of high speed chases, but just trying to explain why they may have done it.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#17 Jul 19, 2010
"The man was traveling at a speed of 98 mph in a 55 mph zone when the pursuit began. "

me thinks that you'd have to have some pretty good eyes. A MC plate is hard enough to read, add in the lousy locations people mount them, and add in 100mph..good luck, all they saw was an orange blur, or else they would have at least been able to give SOME info...

Since: Jun 10

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jul 19, 2010
cluck wrote:
"a skinny white male"
"skinny" as is "fat" is not politically correct.
For shame.
You are kidding, right? If it's accurately descriptive, then who gives a rat's asterisk? If he's skinny, white, and male, then nobody will waste their time profiling fat, black, and female. If he had dumped that bike wearing nothing but an orange tank top, then he'd be skinned, white, and male.
Ron

Hinesville, GA

#19 Jul 19, 2010
Calming my nerves wrote:
Hope he gets away clean. One for the civilians.
If someone running from the law slams into yours or a family members car, and they get hurt, you mindset will change.
Ron

Hinesville, GA

#20 Jul 19, 2010
Just Me wrote:
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Hmmm... Going 100+ MPH... I am going to have to think they may not have gotten a plate number. This does not tell you who was driving. You could easily ditch the bike and say someone took it without your knowledge. Is it a wanted person?? The police don't know if they cannot find out who it is. I am not necessarily in favor of high speed chases, but just trying to explain why they may have done it.
I read in the article that the police tried a "rolling road block" on him, and he went into the lane with oncoming traffic. Now that takes at least one if not two police cruisers infront of the motorcycle to perform. I think someone must have gotten the plate.
Calming my nerves

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Jul 19, 2010
Ron wrote:
<quoted text>If someone running from the law slams into yours or a family members car, and they get hurt, you mindset will change.
That happens much, much more frequently in high speed chases, not high speed per se. Look it up. And to those who think my post was spam I gotta say, huh? Disagree but spam? Your mind is addled. Look, I'm concerned that the police get in a high speed chase with a faster and more manueverable vehicle like a motorcycle are just inviting disaster. They need to use better judgement. And...stick it to the man motor cycle rider, lol.
tax payer

Louisa, VA

#22 Jul 19, 2010
that Ron is a smart guy
Just Me

Richmond, VA

#23 Jul 19, 2010
Ron wrote:
<quoted text>I read in the article that the police tried a "rolling road block" on him, and he went into the lane with oncoming traffic. Now that takes at least one if not two police cruisers infront of the motorcycle to perform. I think someone must have gotten the plate.
They did not necessarily pass him. They can wait along the road to get in front of him. If he saw them in enough time and was traveling at the rate of speed indicated, he could have swerved in time to avoid the small motorcycle plate from being seen. If they had so much information, why would they be asking for help??

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

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#24 Jul 19, 2010
Next time you see a "sportbike" look at where they have the plate mounted..it's the "cool" thing to have them tucked above the wheel or some other random spot. Even on my cruiser, the plate can be hard to see when moving and it's dead center facing the rear and well lit, far better than 90% of them on the road. For that matter they may have not had a plate on it at all, as is popular with some people when in the process of illegal activity.
Most any bike over about 500cc with a decent driver will outrun even the best PD drivers in a cruiser...

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