Motorcyclist leads DPS on high-speed chase

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PHOENIX -- A motorcyclist led Department of Public Safety officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 17 Thursday morning.


UNCUT: Motorcyclist leads DPS on chase - A motorcyclist led DPS officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 17 Thursday morning.

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At about 10:12 a.m., a DPS officer attempted to stop a yellow motorcycle for reckless driving and speeding and no visible license plate on northbound I-17 near Dunlap Road.

DPS spokesman Officer Robert Bailey said the motorcyclist failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit, which ended at 10:17 a.m. at Yorkshire Drive where the motorcycle finally exited.

During the pursuit, speeds reached approximately 115 mph, according to DPS Sgt. Tim Kvochick.

Both the male rider and female passenger were taken into custody.

Bailey said the rider of the motorcycle, Richard Douglas Johnson, 20, of Scottsdale, will be booked into the Fourth Avenue County Jail on the criminal charges of reckless driving, endangerment, unlawful flight, and driving on a suspended license. The motorcycle had a fictitious plate, which is an additional criminal charge.

Johnson also received civil traffic citations for not having insurance or registration.

The passenger, Stevie Rae Vaughn, 18, of Scottsdale, was questioned and released.

According to Bailey, Johnson is an active duty Army private and provided his military ID in lieu of a driver's license, which has been suspended twice.

Bailey said Vaughn was trying to get Johnson to stop during the pursuit and was very frightened.