Motorcyclist leads troopers on 140 mph chase

Motorcyclist leads troopers on 140 mph chase »Play Video
A still photo taken from Washington State Patrol infrared video shows the motorcyclist stopped in SeaTac. July 4, 2014.
SEATAC, Wash. -- A motorcyclist arrested Friday night on suspicion of DUI was barreling down the freeway at speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, state troopers said Saturday.

The Washington State Patrol's aircraft, which is equipped with special infrared technology, spotted the motorcyclist in Pierce County and relayed information about him to troopers on the ground. It was initially estimated that the motorcyclist was going about 80-100 miles per hour, troopers said.

One trooper attempted to pull the motorcyclist over, but the man took off. He reached speeds of approximately 140 miles per hour before stopping near South 190th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive in SeaTac.

"Makes me sick," said Trooper Mark Francis, Washington State Patrol. "Hundreds of cars that he's passing. He's putting all of them at risk. He's not just putting himself at risk."

Francis said the technology has become an important tool for the State Patrol especially during DUI emphasis patrols like the one underway through July 13th.

"I truly believe it saves lives," Francis said.

From 10 p.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. Saturday, troopers in King County arrested 29 drivers for suspicion of DUI. Another 22 drivers were arrested in Snohomish County on July 4th alone.

"They're a force multiplier for us, the aircraft is," Francis said. "They can see more than we can. They've got a safer view from above. And we can get more bodies in certain areas to remove those impaired drivers."

Luckily, no other drivers were hurt in Friday night's pursuit that ended in SeaTac.