Crime

Man accused of eluding police while driving girlfriend to open Lakewood day care

A man accused of eluding police on a motorcycle allegedly drove recklessly because his girlfriend was late to open a Lakewood day care.

The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of eluding police and reckless driving.

Charging papers give this account:

About 5:30 a.m. Monday, an officer saw a motorcycle driving an estimated 75 miles per hour in the 7000 block of Bridgeport Way West, where the speed limit is 35 mph.

The officer chased the bike, which passed cars on the right and ran a couple red lights. The officer saw a woman was riding on the back of the motorcyle.

Police stopped the pursuit, and soon after came across a woman walking in the 7500 block of Cody Street West. She told police she had seen a motorcycle headed east.

An officer took off in that direction, but thought it strange the woman was walking so early in the morning, and headed back. On his return, he saw a motorcycle in a parking lot, and found the engine still hot.

Another officer saw a man and the woman who had told officers to head east outside a day care in the 7600 block of Douglas Avenue West.

Investigators confronted the pair, and the woman admitted she had been riding on the motorcycle, which her boyfriend had been driving to get her to work.

She was supposed to open the day care at 5:30 a.m., and her boyfriend was driving the way he did because she was running late, she told officers.

The boyfriend told officers he was speeding to avoid a “recklessly driven vehicle,” and said he fled and hid the bike, because he didn’t want to get caught.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him released on his own recognizance, on the condition he obey speed limits.

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