Motorcyclist arrested on Thruway in New Paltz after being clocked at 166 mph
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — A Saratoga County man was jailed on $20,000 bail for allegedly going more than 160 mph on the Thruway, according to state police.
Police said Nikkolaus V. McCarthy, 25, of Charlton, was clocked doing 166 mph on the highway in the Albany County community of Ravena about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. A trooper tried to stop McCarthy, who was southbound, but was unable to, police said.
The trooper was able to get a description of the operator and the license plate number of the motorcycle before breaking off the pursuit due to the speed involved, police said.
The description was broadcast on police radio channels, and other troopers reportedly clocked the motorcycle at 150 to 170 mph.
Thruway maintenance workers provided updates on the cyclist’s locations as he zoomed through Greene and Ulster counties.
Troopers finally caught up with McCarthy in New Paltz, where he was forced to slow down because of traffic.
When McCarthy was arrested and was told how fast he was going, he told troopers his Suzuki is capable of topping 190 mph.
He also told troopers he was running low on gas.
McCarthy was charged with reckless driving, speeding, fleeing police and operating out of class (because he didn’t have a motorcycle license).
He was arraigned in Ravena Court and sent to the Albany County Jail.
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