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Bonita man arrested after 145 mph motorcycle ride
Saturday, September 13, 2003
By BRIGID O'MALLEY, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Naples police officer who spotted the motorcycle gave his estimate: 85 mph.
The officer with the radar unit down the road tried his educated guess: 125 mph-plus.
But radar told this record-shattering speed: 145 mph.
Alexander Corzo, 35, of 23500 Walden Center Drive, No. 108, Bonita Springs, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with reckless driving after his Naples speed limit-breaking run on U.S. 41 North.
And his 2003 Honda CBR 954 RR motorcycle, which logged the Collier high-speed record, was taken into custody by a tow truck.
Corzo told police that he was giving a woman a ride so she could catch up with her husband, who had driven off from a Fifth Avenue South night spot.
"He apparently said, 'Hop on. I'll catch him.' And he did," said Naples police Lt. Jon Maines.
Although law officers on Interstate 75 regularly catch 100 mph-plus speeders, hitting three-digit numbers in the city is very rare, mostly because of the congestion, police say.
Corzo was wearing a helmet, but the woman riding with him wasn't wearing one when Corzo roared noisily north on U.S. 41, police say.
Arrest reports give this account:
At 1:25 a.m., Officer Ralph Anthony radioed in a motorcycle traveling north on U.S. 41 "at a very high rate of speed." Anthony couldn't chase the motorcycle because his patrol car had a flat tire.
Officer Greg Sheridan pulled over to the side of the road, shut down his lights and waited for the bike.
He said he only waited seconds before Corzo was driving by at more than 125 mph, he estimated. He was also weaving in and out of traffic.
The radar unit in Sheridan's car displayed 145 mph. The speed limit on that stretch of the highway is 45 mph.
The patrol car caught up with the motorcycle about 10 blocks farther up the road when the bike was stopped at a traffic light at Park Shore Drive.
The woman then jumped off the back of the bike and tried to get into the car stopped at the light.
Sheridan said he could smell alcohol on Corzo's breath and asked him if he'd been drinking. Corzo told police he'd had a couple of beers.
Officer Chuck Ankenbauer determined that Corzo wasn't impaired.
But based on the speed, the passenger with no helmet, and the weaving around other cars, Corzo was arrested.
His bond was set at $500.