FAIRMONT — Authorities charged a 26-year-old man with fleeing with reckless indifference after a chase Aug. 11 that, police said, reached 120 mph on Interstate 79 northbound, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint states that Larry Scott Vincent II of 1613 Speedway Ave., Fairmont faces the felony offense.
According to the court papers, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was traveling on Route 250 in White Hall when he saw a motorcycle pull onto Route 250 near Lanham Lane and headed toward Walmart.
The deputy saw the motorcycle begin to “ride a wheelie” on the road, traveling closely to a vehicle in front of it, the complaint states. The deputy said he gave the driver a visible and audible signal to stop with his emergency lights and sirens.
When the vehicle in front of the motorcycle pulled over at Fabric and Foam, the driver accelerated and began speeding down Route 250, the complaint states.
The deputy activated his patrol car’s audible siren, but the driver continued on Route 250, and entered the Middletown Mall. Police said he traveled through the parking lot at high speeds, driving recklessly, running multiple stop signs and continuing into the Canterbury Woods development at speeds of 40 mph-plus, the complaint states.
The driver continued down to Bentons Ferry, and the deputy followed with emergency lights and sirens on, according to the complaint. They traveled across Bentons Ferry Bridge toward the interstate as the driver passed three vehicles and then merged onto I-79 North at the Kingmont exit, the complaint states.
“The bike continued to travel on I-79 Northbound reaching speeds of 120 mph and passing cars by driving in between them on the white line,” the complaint states.
According to the court papers, the bike then left the interstate at the exit for Bunners Ridge and traveled to Route 73 and down Speedway toward East Park Avenue.
Law enforcement officers boxed in the bike on Speedway, which caused the driver to stop and allowed police to take him into custody, police said.
According to the sheriff’s office, the driver was identified as Larry Scott Vincent II.
Court records show Vincent’s bail was set at $5,000, which has posted.
He faces a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 before Marion County Magistrate Todd Rundle.