On April 2 Mathew Engelbeck, who was riding with a suspended license and had a history of reckless driving, was observed on his 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle traveling around 140mph in morning rush-hour traffic on U.S. near Mesa Drive, Ariz.

After exiting the freeway, the 20-year-old drove through a crosswalk near Whittier Elementary School at more than 160mph.

Arizona Department of Public Safety said that at one point the speeding biker was heading right towards him.

DPS Motorcycle Officer Mike Fields;
“Unfortunately the position of my bike, he was able to work his way around it nearly colliding with me as he went off and over the on-ramp and back onto westbound U.S. 60”

Police officers started a pursuit which was to last 30 minutes until the rider abandoned his motorcycle and ran only to be found a short time later in an apartment complex and taken into custody.

Engelbeck, who told that he was a former racer who was heading for work, was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for passing through a crosswalk at speeds exceeding 160mph.

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