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Eugene Man Arrested for Reckless Driving; Camera on Motorcycle Shows Speeds up to 164 MPH
04/17/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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KELLEY photo - Lane County District Attorney's Office
Motorcycle photos - Oregon State Police
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A Eugene man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers last Sunday for Reckless Driving after he was stopped while operating his motorcycle northbound on Interstate 5 in the Eugene area at speeds over 100 mph. Troopers discovered that the man was taking video using a camera set up on the motorcycle to film the speedometer, and after examining the digital camera video troopers got a big surprise when it showed the speedometer registering speeds up to 164 mph.
 
On April 13, 2008 at approximately 12:30 p.m. OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Leighty, who is presently serving as President of the Oregon State Police Officer's Association, was northbound on Interstate 5 north of Eugene near milepost 200 when he observed a motorcycle operated at a high rate of speed estimated at 100 to 115 mph. Senior Trooper Leighty notified OSP Northern Command Center dispatch of the recklessly driven motorcycle.
 
Two OSP troopers returning from a Salem area training assignment were southbound and set up near milepost 205. Troopers Tom Hunt and Clay Core spotted the red/black 2007 Honda CBR motorcycle and stopped it. Upon contacting its operator, BEN HOWARD KELLEY, age 37, from Eugene, the troopers noticed a digital camera was set up near the handlebars pointing forward.
 
KELLEY was arrested for Reckless Driving and lodged in Lane County Jail pending a future appearance in Lane County Circuit Court.
 
The digital camera was seized as evidence and a search warrant was authorized to view its contents. A review of the camera's video shows compelling images of the motorcycle being operated in a dangerous, reckless manner through the Interstate 5 Eugene / Springfield highway construction zone at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle continued recklessly northbound with speeds documented up to 164 mph before troopers stopped it.
 
The Lane County District Attorney's Office has not given authorization for release of the video until the case has been adjudicated.