A Jamaica man was arrested for eluding Wednesday afternoon after outrunning law enforcement on a motorcycle at speeds of almost 150 mph.
Curtis Alan Moorhead, 43, of 309 Third Ave., Jamaica, was charged with eluding-speed more than 25 mph over limit.
The incident began about 3 p.m. Wednesday on Iowa Highway 141 near Wood Road south of Jamaica in Guthrie County, where Moorhead was allegedly observed operating a motorcycle and traveling eastbound at 70 mph by a patrolling Guthrie County Deputy Sheriff.
The deputy pursued Moorhead, who was allegedly “obviously already eluding” the deputy, with emergency lights and sirens, according to court records.
Moorhead proceeded eastbound on Iowa Highway 141, northbound on D Avenue into Dawson in Dallas County and then eastbound on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, with the deputy in hot pursuit, according to court records.
After speeding eastbound for about two miles on the bike trail, Moorhead turned southbound on F Avenue, westbound on Iowa Highway 141 and then northbound again on D Avenue, this time continuing northbound “through Dawson at a high rate of speed” and entering Greene County on V Avenue.
Moorhead eventually stopped the vehicle at V Avenue and 305th Street southwest of Rippey, where he was taken into custody without incident, according to court records.
The 15-mile pursuit lasted about 10 minutes, according to court records.
The deputy clocked Moorhead’s vehicle at 120 mph on V Avenue. A speed-limit phone app on Moorhead’s vehicle showed a top speed of 147 mph, and “Moorhead admitted that was his high speed during the chase,” according to court records.
Moorhead was held in the Guthrie County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 10 in Guthrie County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.