Sunday, March 13, 2011

Drivers report speeding motorcycle without driver on I-20 in Arlington | | Dallas - Fort Worth Local News

Drivers report speeding motorcycle without driver on I-20 in Arlington | | Dallas - Fort Worth Local News:

 "ARLINGTON - Drivers on Interstate 20 reported a motorcycle without a rider flying by them at 100 mph Thursday night between Matlock Road and New York Avenue in Arlington.
Part of the interstate eastbound was shut down as police search for the driver.
As of 10 p.m., authorities said the search turned up a watch, a helmet and a visor. However, the motorcycle's driver was still missing."

I wonder if Google or DARPA are in town experimenting with driverless vehicles again?

UPDATE:  The rider of the "riderless bike" has been found and has told his story.  Click through the jump to see it.

 Here is the story from the Dallas Morning News...

Arlington police finally managed to track down the driver of a motorcycle abandoned on the side of Interstate 20 last week -- and, boy, did he have a story to tell.
Police issued a news release Friday asking for help locating Andre Riser, whose bike was found on the shoulder of I-20 after motorists reported seeing a bike traveling at 100 mph with no rider.
That led officials to shut down the highway for hours to look for the rider.
When contacted, Riser told police that just before he wrecked out, he was boxed in by other motorcyclists, one of whom flashed a gun. He said he tried to speed up, but one of the other sports bikes cut him off and he lost control.
He apparently suffered only minor injuries because he managed to get to the other side of the freeway and began walking along the shoulder. When the bikers who chased him returned, he said, he decided to run across I-20 to the north side.
That's when he passed out in the parking lot of a car dealership, he told police. When he awoke, he called a friend to pick him up.
Riser was charged for driving with a suspended license.

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