Iowa Motorcyclist Convicted in 188MPH Chase
James Foldenauer eluded patrol cars, but not the plane
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2012 3:29 PM CST
A 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.   (

(Newser) – An Iowa man fleeing the cops on his motorcycle reached an astounding 188 mph on a public highway. James Foldenauer was convicted this week of eluding a peace officer for the breakneck chase in 2009, reports the Des Moines Register. Troopers say the speed is almost surely a state record, and prosecutors plan to push for the maximum punishment at his March sentencing: two years in jail.

The chase began when Foldenauer, 39, and another biker were spotted going 89 mph in a construction zone on Interstate 29. The other motorcyclist pulled over, but Foldenauer sped off on his Suzuki Hayabusa. Patrol cars couldn't keep up, but unfortunately for Foldenauer, a State Police plane was tracking him the whole time.

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Feb 4, 2012 5:31 PM CST
That wasn't Uncle Ben's he was burnin'.
Feb 4, 2012 5:11 AM CST
Remember, to elude the po po in a chase, you must make constant changes in direction.
Feb 4, 2012 12:04 AM CST
you can't do 180+ for that long, it's real hard turning. One could only do something like that in wide-open corn-rows-forever Iowa... ...ROAD TRIP!!!