Motorcyclist hits 150+ mph during 4-county chase

Published 4:45 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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On Sunday morning, June 23, 2019 at approximately 9:30am, a deputy with the Dooly County Sheriff’s Office S.T.E.P. Unit was monitoring traffic on I-75 Southbound in the area of the 118 to 119 mile post when he observed a motorcycle southbound at a high rate of speed.  The deputy began to pursue the motorcycle in efforts to conduct a traffic stop and requested that a second unit attempt to obtain a speed on the motorcycle as well.  The second deputy was able to check the motorcycle at 115 miles per hour.

The first deputy was still in pursuit, but due to the heavy traffic he was only able to keep the motorcycle in sight at the time.  The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol was alerted that the motorcycle was entering Crisp County.  A Georgia State Patrol Unit made contact on I-75 and attempted a traffic stop as well.  As the motorcycle reached Exit 101, the operator exited and continued West Bound on 16th Avenue at a high of speed and sight was lost.  Due to safety any further attempts to stop the motorcycle at this time was terminated.

The motorcycle made its way to US Highway 41 South heading toward Georgia Highway 300 when a Crisp County Sheriff’s Office unit observed the motorcycle and also attempted to conduct a traffic stop with no avail.  The motorcycle made its way back to I-75 and continued south.  The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office terminated their efforts when their unit also lost sight of the motorcycle.

The Georgia State Patrol was able to re-locate the motorcycle and the pursuit continued through Turner County and into Tift County where the pursuit was terminated with the arrest of the motorcycle operator.  During the time speeds reached between 150 to 160 miles per hour.

The motorcyclist was identified as Alex Micah O’Reilly, age 29, of Villa Rica, Ga.  Charges are being made in Dooly and Crisp counties.