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Milwaukee Motorcyclist Crashes After 120 MPH Chase with Police

Posted on Jul 18, 2011

A high-speed chase reaching more than 120 mph led to the arrest of a Milwaukee man in Wauwatosa early Friday morning. Vincent Rashad Burnette, age 23, was charged with one count of attempting to flee or elude an officer. If convicted, Burnette faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, a Menomonee Falls police officer saw a motorcycle turning hard from Good Hope Road to southbound Appleton Avenue. Its taillight was off and the officer set about to follow the suspect, the Menomonee Falls Patch reports.

As the officer put on the emergency lights the motorcycle accelerated. Seeing the police car catching up to him near 124th Street, Burnette pulled onto southbound Highway 41/45 and accelerated further. The squad car at one point reached 123 mph with the motorcycle still pulling away.

As the motorcycle exited on Capitol Drive, the officer lost sight of it. Leaving the highway moments later, the officer found pieces of the bike strewn on the pavement, with the bike lying against a wall along with a helmet.

The officer could not find the rider, but Wauwatosa police officers found him at about 1:50 a.m. in the 1200 block of West Feerick Place. The motorcyclist was vomiting from the crash and was taken to the hospital with bruises and road rash. He is being held in Waukesha County jail on a $525 cash bond.