Speedy motorcyclist stopped, collared after 166mph run
RAVENA A 25-year-old Saratoga County motorcyclist was clocked at 166 mph Wednesday afternoon on the Thruway in the village of Ravena, state police said.
A state trooper was able to get a description of the rider and the license plate number of the motorcycle before it sped off at high speed. Troopers at various locations on the Thruway clocked the cycle’s speed at 150 to 170 mph.
Thruway maintenance workers also provided updates of the bike’s location and troopers were able to locate and stop the driver when he slowed in traffic in the town of New Paltz — approximately 50 miles and 20 minutes later.
The driver, Nikkolaus V. McCarthy of Charlton, pulled over and was arrested. He said he was low on gasoline.
When police told him how fast he was going, he told troopers his motorcycle could easily go more than 190 mph. McCarthy was charged with fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding, and operating out of class, because, police said, he did not have a motorcycle license. He was arraigned in Ravena Village Court and taken to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail to await further court action.