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State Police: Motorcycle Clocked At 166 MPH On N.Y. State Thruway

Driver Hit With Slew Of Charges, But Brags To Cops His Bike Could Do 190 MPH
Nikkolaus V. McCarthy (credit: Handout)

Nikkolaus V. McCarthy (credit: Handout)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – That blur of color you just saw zipping by was in fact, according to police, a human being.

A motorcycle traveling south Wednesday on the New York State Thruway in the Village of Ravena in Albany County was clocked at 166 mph, the State Police said.

A trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle as it slowed for traffic at one point, but was only able to get a description of the Suzuki model before the driver sped off again at a high rate of speed, police said.

The description was announced over police radios and, with several troopers on the lookout, the bike was clocked repeatedly between 150 and 170 mph, police said.

Eventually, the driver was pulled over in New Paltz, some 50 miles away from where he was first clocked.

The driver, Nikkolaus V. McCarthy, 25, Charlton, N.Y., was arrested.

When he was advised of the speeds he was traveling, McCarthy allegedly told troopers his motorcycle could easily go over 190 mph, police said.

McCarthy was charged with fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding and operating out of class, since he did not have a motorcycle license.

He was arraigned in the Village of Ravena Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail pending further court action.

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