MANATEE -- Four motorcyclists traveling southbound on Interstate 75 into Manatee County at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday built up such speeds that a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was following at 120 mph couldn’t keep up with them.
“My unit just could not keep the speed as they were all pulling away from me,” Trooper K.K. Menzies said in a report.
At one point, Menzies estimated at least one bike was traveling at speeds exceeding 130 mph, according to his report.
Menzies asked fellow units for help while turning on his patrol car’s blue lights, the report sad.
The rear motorcycle, being driven by Daniel Edmond Phillips, 44, of Venice, did stop and he was arrested for reckless driving, according to the report. He was released from the Manatee County jail after posting a $120 bond.
A second driver, William John Greenwald, 40, of North Port, was also arrested further down the road and charged with fleeing to elude the law at high speed, reckless driving and a driver's license violation, the report adds. He was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $5,240.
A third driver, Robert Dennis Martin, 40, of North Port, was stopped, arrested and charged with reckless driving, the report states. He was released after posting $120 bond.
The fourth driver, the leader of the pack, could not be caught, the report states.
“I attempted to catch up to the lead motorcycle,” Menzies wrote. “This motorcycle surpassed my top speed of 130 mph then dove off the 224 exit ramp. I only saw his brake lights.”
When asked who was the leader of their pack, the three arrested drivers said they didn’t know him, the report adds.
Phillips did tell troopers that all four of the motorcycle riders were in St. Petersburg at a bar before their run along with approximately 2,000 other people with Quaker State motor club.