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Man arrested after 170 mph motorcycle chase

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

After being pulled over for speeding, a motorcyclist clocked traveling at speeds up to 170 miles per hour on the New York State Thruway reportedly was anything but remorseful. When told how fast he was going, he allegedly told troopers on Wednesday his bike could easily top 190 miles per hour, the troopers said.

Nikkolaus McCarthy, 25, was first spotted by a state trooper heading south on the Thruway just before 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the village of Ravena, N.Y., according to the New York State Police. The trooper noted his speed at the time — 166 mph — as well as the license plate number of his Suzuki motorcycle as it slowed down in traffic.

But after McCarthy sped up again, the trooper didn’t follow him, instead giving out a description over the air. McCarthy was clocked at between 150 and 170 mph.

Twenty minutes and 50 miles later, in New Paltz, N.Y., troopers were able to stop McCarthy when he slowed down in traffic. After being pulled over, McCarthy told the troopers he was low on gas; when he was advised of his speed, he told them his motorcycle could go over 190 mph, WHEC reported.

McCarthy was arrested and charged with fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding and operating out of class because he didn’t have a motorcycle license. He’s being held on $20,000 bail in the Albany County Correctional Facility.

McCarthy’s fine for speeding would be determined at his arraignment, a representative for The New York State Thruway told msnbc.com.

McCarthy is from Charlton, N.Y., in Saratoga County, according to The Albany Times Union. His bike is a 2007 Suzuki, The Times Herald-Record of Hudson Valley said.