151 MPH pursuit of firefighter riding Suzuki Hayabusa

If you’re riding a Hayabusa, and you still can’t get away from the police, something is wrong. The Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa is a monster of a sport bike. Manufactured by Suzuki since 1999, the Hayabusa immediately won acclaim as the world’s fastest production motorcycle, with a top speed ranging from 188 to 194 mph.

Speaking personally for a moment, I have had the awesome – and mildly scary – experience of piloting a 1999 Hayabusa a handful of times.* While there is a lot more to the bike than speed, Hayabusa is synonymous with fast.

Very fast.

On June 18, 2019, Arkansas State Police Trooper Mitchell Grant was traveling southbound on U.S. Hwy 65, south of Pickens, working moving radar, when he observed what appeared to be a white motorcycle traveling northbound, toward him, at a high rate of speed. Grant’s radar indicated 122 mph. It was a 65 mph zone.

Trooper Grant entered a median turn-around just before the motorcycle passed him. He observed the rider to be a white male, riding a white sport bike. The rest was a blur. The driver was later identified as [someone whose name I don’t intend to publish, for the reason described below].

As the rider passed, Grant turned around and accelerated rapidly, in an attempt to catch the rider and initiate a traffic stop. As Grant accelerated, it was clear that the rider was not slowing down. Instead, he continued northbound, passing vehicles and pulling away from the State Police Dodge Charger. Grant initiated his lights and siren, and advised Sergeant Jeff Preston that he was attempting to stop a motorcycle.

It was on.

“We were northbound traveling toward Dumas. After driving several miles, at a speed of 150 mph, I was slowly catching up with [the rider]. At one point, just south of Dumas, [the rider] was blocked by two 18-wheeler trucks. I was able to get close to [the rider] before he drove onto the left shoulder, and accelerated past the semis. I maintained [the rider] in sight, as we entered Dumas. [The rider] was weaving around traffic at a very high, and very unsafe speed.”

“As we continued through Dumas, amongst traffic, [the rider] continued weaving through traffic, and ran through the red light on Highway 65, and Highway 165, still at a very high rate of speed. As we continued northbound out of Dumas, [the rider] was able to weave around traffic and accelerate much quicker than me, and began pulling away from me. As we left Dumas and was heading toward Gould, I again accelerated to a speed of 151 mph, and was able to keep [the rider] in my sight. As we entered Gould, [the rider] was clocked on radar by a Gould City Officer, at 155 mph. As I was going through Gould, I saw [the rider] make a right turn by a Dollar General Store. As I turned in beside the store, I observed [the rider] turning around. He was facing me. As I exited my unit, [the rider] turned the motorcycle off, and put his hands in the air. [The rider] then complied with commands to get on the ground, and was taken into custody without further incident.”

“[The rider] made a statement that he fled, because after being caught speeding, and with no motorcycle endorsement, he thought he would go to jail.”

He was right.

“[The rider] was transported to the Dumas Police Department, and booked for Fleeing, Reckless Driving, Speeding, No Motorcycle Endorsement and Improper Lane Usage. After booking [the rider] in on the misdemeanor charges, I made contact with Deputy Prosecutor Crews Puryier, who will be reviewing the case to consider a felony fleeing charge. [The rider’s]’ bond was $940. His motorcycle was towed by Turner’s Wrecker Service.”

Ultimately, the rider was sentenced to “12 months on suspended imposition of sentence, with an additional fine of $2500,” a $165 court fee, and a $20 booking fee, with credit for one day served.

In 2013, the Arkansas legislature simplified and streamlined the state’s laws regarding criminal records sealing. With few exceptions, the new law superseded all preexisting sealing provisions. In 2019, HB 1831 further amended the sealing law, eliminating some waiting periods. It was “the first step in a multi-step process to attempt to make the sealing of certain records of a person’s criminal history that involves nonviolent and nonsexual offenses an automatic operation.”

Most misdemeanor convictions in Arkansas are now eligible for sealing after successful completion of sentence, payment of fines, fees, and restitution . Certain more serious offenses, such as DUI, have a waiting period, and I believe the commercial license holders may be ineligible in relation to traffic offenses. In this case, the rider had the case records sealed prior to my obtaining them. For that reason, I am not reporting his name.

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22 thoughts on “151 MPH pursuit of firefighter riding Suzuki Hayabusa

  1. When I watch videos of Arkansas police chases I always see them going 150mph because that's as fast as the patrol cars can go but if they weren't limited to 150 they would go like 170 or something like that hahaha this officers risks to much

  2. The cop acts so mad yet its like some big party laughing with his peeps….
    Without chases their would be no excitement and laughter

  3. "You're a fire fighter, putting us in danger?"
    "I'm a volunteer"

    "I respect you"
    "No you don't or you woulda stopped"

    That trooper showed great restraint not slapping him upside his head.

  4. Nice bike.

    Too bad, since those pristine fairings will get rashed up from both the tow and the tow yard. Somebody will get a hell of a deal at auction though!

  5. At this point it's not even with saying we knew it would be ASP after seeing the title. All I need is to see is "100+ mph" and "Pursuit" and I know who it is.

  6. I clocked 3 motorcycles one night that came across our county line excess of 100mph.
    I gave chase and we’d get up to about 130 and one would slow down to about 30 then take off so it’d be harder for me to keep up.
    The sheriffs department closed down the interstate at the end of a long bridge so once they got there they couldn’t get past.
    When I caught up I still had one close in front. They had the other 2 on the ground the 3rd one stood up on his bike at about 10mph and reached back to his backpack trying hard to get his hand inside. I bumped the back tire and it rolled up into my brush guard and threw him off.
    Got up and ran and was caught.
    He had a loaded Glock w drugs in his backpack he said he was trying to get to “throw away”.
    One as a certified police officer from 3 counties over w his gun and drugs, one was a school counselor w a gun & drugs. The last one had no job but $3,000 in cash in small bills.
    Every so often LEOs catch these bikes. Sometimes out of luck, sometimes out of strategy and sometimes they just give up.
    Otherwise there’s no competition w these bikes and a vehicle.
    The LEO was fired as well as his wife. She was also a police officer in the same department as his. She was on duty when he called her so she took off work because she was “sick” but she came to bail him out of jail.
    When the department learned what happened were both fired.
    They came to court and the “officer” and his wife approached me and blamed me for loosing their jobs and were having trouble finding new work because of his arrest. She had gotten a job as a cashier at Walmart & he was still looking 3 months after the fact.

  7. I've only gotten to ride a Hayabusa once…they are scary fast, really fun bike… but taking on ASP, boy, he was dumb, ASP don't play
    I did want to learn how to fly, until the last few minutes of video….

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