A Des Moines man was arrested Sunday night (Aug. 12) by Oregon State Police troopers after he and another cyclist allegedly tried to speed away on Interstate 5 north of Eugene at speeds far exceeding 100 mph, the Eugene Register Guard reported.
Identified as Timothy Scott Wiedler, 28, he was taken to the Linn County Jail and charged with felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He was operating a 2002 Honda CBR 1000 cafe-style sports bike, police said.
Oregon troopers said it was nearly 11 p.m. Sunday, when an officer traveling south on I-5 near Cottage Grove saw two northbound motorcycles traveling at “very high speeds,” police told the Register Guard. A short time later, the two motorcyclists passed another trooper on I-5 near Dillard Road, who recorded their speed on radar as exceeding 100 mph.
That trooper attempted to stop the motorcyclists, but they increased their speed in an attempt to elude him, police said.
Because of increased traffic and safety concerns, the trooper decided not to pursue the motorcyclists through the Eugene-Springfield area, police said.
Between Eugene and Coburg, another trooper observed a single motorcyclist traveling north at more than 90 mph in a 60 mph speed zone, police said.
That trooper attempted to stop the motorcyclist, who once again attempted to elude police while heading north at speeds of more than 130 mph, police said.
A second trooper was coming up from behind to assist when a second motorcyclist passed at speeds estimated near 150 mph, police said.
The second trooper tried to stop the second motorcyclist, but lost sight of him north of Coburg, Ore.
The first motorcyclist was stopped just south of Albany.
Troopers didn’t find the second motorcyclist, but they learned that the two were returning to Washington state from a motorcycle rally in Southern California.