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Police: Motorcyclist hits 185 mph in early-morning chase

A Manchester motorcyclist reached speeds as high as 185 mph while eluding troopers through Bow and Concord early this morning, the state police said.

David J. Fries, 31, faces numerous charges, including reckless operation, operating a motorcycle without a license, disobeying a police officer, transportation of drugs, conduct after an accident, resisting arrest and a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug.

Fries, who crashed during the pursuit and then fled into nearby woods on foot, was transported to Concord Hospital, where he was treated for a broken ankle and minor injuries sustained during a canine apprehension. He was treated and released to Merrimack County Jail.

According to the police, Trooper Megan Walsh clocked Fries going 127 mph while riding his 2000 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 a.m. Walsh began her pursuit, eventually catching up to Fries around exit 14 in Concord. By that time, Fries was traveling about 120 mph, she reported. Police say Fries then took exit 15E onto eastbound Route 393, and accelerated away from Walsh, who ended her pursuit.

A short time later, Trooper Matt Partington observed Fries crash into a guardrail while traveling at a high rate of speed near exit 3 on Route 393. Police say Fries was ejected and fled on foot. The Concord police and the state police canine unit located Fries about 45 minutes later.

Fries was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, a smoking pipe and a hypodermic needle. After his arrest, the police say Fries admitted to reaching 185 mph while on Route 393.

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