French Creek resident arrested after allegedly fleeing from police on a motorcycle at speeds of up to 120 mph

BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man was arrested Saturday after allegedly fleeing from police at high speeds while on a motorcycle.

Timothy Edward Wilson, 43, of French Creek, was arrested for fleeing with reckless indifference, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, PFC J. Fisher and Patrolman J. Warner with the Buckhannon Police Department saw a motorcycle accelerate rapidly and fishtail just after passing the Par Mar gas station on North Locust Street Saturday.

Warner actived his lights and siren, but when the motorcycle turned onto Route 33 West and it became clear it was not going to stop, Fisher notified the Upshur County Comm Center that a pursuit had begun and requested assistance from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

“The motorcycle continued to accelerate rapidly in a reckless manner, exceeding speeds of 120 mph,” Warner wrote in the complaint.

The motorcycle eventually turned onto Georgetown Road, while Lewis County officers responded to the intersection of Rt. 19 and Georgetown Road.

“The driver of the motorcycle attempted unsuccessfully to stop while approaching a vehicle that had stopped in the roadway,” Warner wrote in the complaint. “The motorcycle made contact with the rear of the vehicle at minimal speeds. The driver was taken into custody and identified as Timothy Wilson Jr.”

Magistrate Alan Suder set bail at $30,000 cash or surety. If convicted, the penalty for fleeing with reckless indifference is a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 and imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.

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