09-22-2004, 08:57 AM #1
How would you like to get this ticket???
Minn. Trooper Writes 205 Mph Ticket
Sep 22, 7:37 AM (ET)
WABASHA, Minn. (AP) - With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.
On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.
When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.
"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."
Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.
After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.
The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license - and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.
Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.
Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.
"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."
09-22-2004, 09:00 AM #2
If you had a bike that would do over 200, why would you even pull over? I would make that fuker chase me. Plus, what in the hell does he think would happen if you wrecked at 205? The same thing that would happen if you wrecked at 150!!
09-22-2004, 09:09 AM #3
that's what I was thinkin....wtf keep goin!
09-22-2004, 09:23 AM #4
09-22-2004, 10:03 AM #5
I'm sure They radioed ahead, and used a plane to catch him.
09-22-2004, 10:04 AM #6Originally Posted by Jdawg50
09-22-2004, 10:17 AM #7
I went 130mph in my Mustang in a 55mph zone. Thats all i wanted.
09-22-2004, 01:24 PM #8
lol..will that hold up in court? that he used a freakin stop watch to clock him???
09-22-2004, 01:45 PM #9
ive had my R1 to 192 (the speedo on bikes have to be corrected after 65- so i'm not sure of the actaul speed) as far as running, you might as well pull over... no one can out run a radio- and i'd rather have a ticket than be medevaced to a hospital... live and learn...lol
09-22-2004, 03:02 PM #10
ive gone 110 over the speed limit, 145 in a 35, i cant imagine going 205mph, that must be insane.
09-22-2004, 03:04 PM #11
have you heard of the new motorcycel with a viper engine? i think its called the raptor but i could be wrong. someone told me that the company that makes it dyno tested it and it got to 400mph. could you imagine that ****?
09-22-2004, 03:07 PM #12
he's **** lucky he just got a ticket. I've been jailed for less.
09-22-2004, 05:08 PM #13Originally Posted by JDawg1536
09-22-2004, 05:50 PM #14
Wonder if the motorcyclist can get it dropped to faulty speedo??
I think there is alot of deer around that area too, that woulda blown if one of those suckers jumped out onto the road.
09-22-2004, 05:58 PM #15Member
Originally Posted by Billy_Bathgate
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yup, i can't believe you have never seen where its a police sting w/ the bear in the air! fairly common
09-23-2004, 01:24 AM #16
**** my car rattels when i hit 105, i wish i could go 205 i think i would cream my pants well i was driving
09-23-2004, 02:40 AM #17Originally Posted by chrisAdams
09-23-2004, 02:56 AM #18
I've done 140 in a Miata. I've done 145 in my Z06. It's pretty nerv racking. Palms get all sweaty and you get real paranoid. LAaaaaaahhh... What a rush! I don't like to top out really. I prefer to drag race.
09-23-2004, 03:01 AM #19
thats insane. anything over a 150kmh in a bike is crazy
09-23-2004, 03:04 AM #20Retired Vet
Originally Posted by JDawg1536
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Bro, even I don't speed like that in town... not smart... and I say this having come really close myself when I was 16.. about 2 or 3 inches to the right, and I would have killed someone young and innocent, for what....
Now, the highway at 3:30am is an entirely different story.. cuz there is no one out there but you....
If you're a freak like me, go to the track, that's where the big boys play....
09-23-2004, 04:13 AM #21
that is insane!
09-23-2004, 04:27 AM #22Originally Posted by Blown_SC
and BTW, I smoked some pussy in an M3, you should have seen how dissapointed he was in his overpriced and overmatched vehicle, priceless
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