Loganville Motorcylist Arrested After Police Chase Reaching 143 mph
A Loganville man was arrested Friday night after leading a Lawrenceville police officer on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of up to 143 mph on SR 316
Jose Andres Mezu, 28, of 71 Wilkes Drive, Loganville, was arrested and now faces a slew of charges after running from police on Friday night.
The chase started after Mezu was initially clocked at about 8:17 p.m. riding his motorcycle on Highway 124 at 72 mph. The speed limit is 45 mph. When he was finally caught, Mezu had run up several more speeding charges, including up to 129 mph on Highway 124, 98, 109 and 114 mph on Sugarloaf Parkway and 143 mph on SR 316.
Police report that Mezu weaved in and out of traffic at these high rates of speed, avoided road blocks by other officers, jumped concrete gores and ran red lights in his efforts to avoid police. The chase continued on several roadways including I-85 and SR 120 before returning to Sugarloaf Parkway at speeds of 114 mph through heavier traffic.
Mezu was eventually arrested when he ran into the rear of another vehicle near Lakes Parkway, dropping the bike. An officer drew his gun and removed a gun from Mezu’s hip before taking him into custody. Mezu faces several speeding charges as well as fleeing or attempting to elude, flashing blue lights, crossing a double highway, gore, bar, shield, emergency lane, failure to obey signs or control devices, following too closely, improper/erratic lane change, motorcycle can’t pass in same lane, motorcycle rides between lanes, reckless driving, running red light and a taillight infringement. Police report that the taillight was turned off, possibly in an effort to avoid detection.
Mezu was released the following night after posting a $9,596 security bond.