AMSTERDAM - An unlicensed motorcyclist led city police on a high-speed chase Saturday night, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph on Guy Park Avenue before heading west and crashing in Fort Hunter.
Police said officers saw Brian Lewis, 31, of 4556 Route 30, speeding on Wall Street and tried to pull him over, but he sped off, going 75 mph on Bunn Street and even faster as he headed out of the city toward Route 5.
Lewis went through Tribes Hill and then to Fort Hunter, where he nearly struck a patrol car head-on, according to the police report. Officers said the man lost control of his motorcycle on the front lawn of a residence on Main Street in Fort Hunter and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No injuries were reported.
Lewis was charged with several misdemeanors, including unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected motor vehicle, and operating without an ignition interlock device, which he was required to have because of previous legal trouble.
He also was charged with five counts of speeding, nine counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, two counts of passing a steady red light, failure to comply with police and disobeying a traffic control device.
State police and the Montgomery Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest, the latter charging Lewis with a count of resisting arrest.
Lewis was released on $500 bail.