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122 MPH Motorcyclist Arrested Following Attempt to Elude in Southeast Portland
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A southeast Portland man was arrested early Saturday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper attempted to stop his motorcycle for traveling 122 mph on Interstate 205 near Foster Road.  The man attempted to elude the trooper, who lost sight of the motorcycle before it was spotted a couple minutes later and stopped without further incident.

On July 4, 2009 at approximately 3:00 a.m. OSP Recruit Trooper Tyler Bechtel observed a 2007 Suzuki SX7 motorcycle southbound on Interstate 205 near Powell Boulevard and obtained a speed reading on radar of 122 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.  The motorcycle then made several quick un-signaled lane changes between other vehicles before taking the SE Foster Road exit where the trooper attempted a traffic stop.

The motorcyclist failed to yield, speeding south on SE 92nd Avenue and onto area side streets where the trooper terminated the attempt to stop the motorcycle.  About two minutes later the motorcycle was spotted stopped at the intersection of SE Flavel and SE 82nd Avenue where it was stopped without further incident.

RYAN ROBERT DOWLEY, age 20, from southeast Portland, was taken into custody for Felony Attempt to Elude Police on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving.  He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 122 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.

was lodged at the Multnomah County Justice Center.