Biker arrested after high-speed chase

Published 6:56 pm Friday, August 27, 2010

A Bainbridge man was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol Thursday night after fleeing from law enforcement at very high speed on his motorcycle.

Christopher Richard Thompson, 20, of 1706 Belcher Lane, Bainbridge, was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, fleeing from police, reckless driving, driving a motorcycle without an appropriate endorsement on his license, failure to maintain lane and failing to stop for multiple stop signs.

Cpl. Kyle Duke of the Georgia State Patrol’s Colquitt post said he was patrolling northbound on U.S. 27 North at about 8 p.m. when he encountered Thompson driving his motorcycle very fast near the highway’s intersection with Bethel Road. Duke said his radar speed detector indicated Thompson was traveling at 135 miles per hour on his Suzuki racing motorcycle. The speed limit along that part of the highway is 55 miles per hour.

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“He was like a blur—the only thing I saw was the red shirt he was wearing pass by me on the motorcycle,” said Duke, who immediately turned his patrol car around in pursuit.

Duke followed Thompson, who refused to pull over and continued to drive at high speed, onto Dothan Road, then from Lake Drive to Pondtown Road, onto Pine Hill Road.

As the pursuit turned back south on Georgia 253, Thompson was passing other vehicles in no passing zones and ignoring stop signs.

By this time, Duke had alerted Sheriff’s deputies and Bainbridge police of the chase and multiple officers headed north of the city on Georgia 253. Continuing to drive very dangerously, Thompson blew past a Sheriff’s deputy and entered city limits. However, seeing other officers converging around him, Thompson slammed on the bike’s brakes, throwing up his hands as if to surrender, Duke said.

Duke said he also braked hard but was unable to avoid colliding with Thompson’s bike, throwing him off. Fortunately, he was uninjured and promptly arrested.