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.   (SuzukiCycles.com)

(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. (Read more Iowa stories.)

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