State Police: Motorcyclist arrested after crash, fleeing from the scene
BETHLEHEM, N.Y. - State Police say a man has been arrested after he fled from police, crashed his motorcycle then left the scene of the accident.
According to State Police, on Tuesday around 11 p.m., Troopers observed a speeding motorcycle and attempted to pull it over. However, police say the operator failed to pull over.
Police say that while it was raining heavily, the man was observed traveling at 123 miles per hour.
Due to unsafe conditions, police decided to not pursue the bike, however, they did follow its path when a Thruway Toll Collector advised authorities that the bike exited at the Selkirk interchange and went north on Route 144.
According to authorities, while they were on Route 9W, Troopers observed a debris field and the motorcycle they were pursuing. The motorcycle was damaged and abandoned. It was determined that the operator, identified as Justin Rodwell, 23, had failed to negotiate a curve and struck a fire hydrant. Rodwell left the bike and allegedly fled the scene.
Bethlehem Police responded to the scene and assisted with a search of the area. However, they were unable to find the man.
Troopers did continue their investigation and responded to the address of the vehicle’s owner where they were able to locate Rodwell. He was taken into custody and was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in the third degree, a misdemeanor, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speeding, unregistered motor vehicle and operating without insurance.
Rodwell sustained minor injuries to his ankle during the accident, but declined medical treatment.