Akron: Man pops motorcycle 'wheelie' during high-speed chase

12:59 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A motorcycle rider leads police on high-speed chase at speeds approaching 100 mph as a police helicopter is called in to help track his route.

Police eventually caught up with him and arrested and charged Jeffrey P. Flaherty Jr, 22, with willful fleeing, reckless operations, and speeding after the weekend incident.

Akron police say Flaherty was driving between 70 and 90 mph on the expressway and weaving in and out of traffic. That's when a police officer tried to pull Flaherty over but he refused to stop.

That officer called in the pursuit in progress to the police radio dispatcher.

Akron police say that he began "popping wheelies" while driving in and out of traffic at about 70 mph. For the safety of other drivers, police called off the pursuit and had a police helicopter try and locate him.

The helicopter pilot located Flaherty and a police cruiser pulled him over at Mt. Pleasant Road, east of Christman Road, in Jackson Township.

Flaherty was taken into custody and brought to Akron City Jail.


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