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The big catch: 355 pounder going 182 mph

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5...g-182-mph.html

At 182 m.p.h., Rodney Jones was covering almost the length of a football field every second on his Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle.
If he hadn’t stopped for State Trooper Jason Heinzl at 11:30 a.m. on May 23 last year, he might have made it from Des Plaines to the Magnificent Mile in less than seven minutes.

More likely, he’d be dead, and pieces of his substantial 355 pound body would still be smeared along I-294.

As it stands, Jones, 39, has what officers believe is the fastest speeding ticket ever recorded in the Chicago area — and likely the state.

“When I looked at the radar and saw 182, I couldn’t believe it,” said Heinzl, who clocked Jones going more than three miles a minute in what he characterized as “moderate” traffic, before Jones surprised him by stopping.

“I asked him why he didn’t run and he said, ‘I wasn’t in the mood to run. If I’d wanted to run, I’d have run.’”

Jones, of the 4900 block of West Huron, was fined $375 and ordered to buy high-risk insurance, according to court records and the Illinois Secretary of State.

Contacted via Facebook this week, Jones, who rides with the Chicago RedLiners motorcycle club, did not dispute that he was exceeding the 55 mph limit but claimed he’s too big to have been going as fast as police say.

“I’m a 6-5, 355-pound guy and there is no way in hell I was going that fast on damn crotch rocket . . . NO WAY!!!!!,” he wrote, adding that his bike was fitted with an electronic speed governor.
Racers who have legally pushed modified Hayabusas well above 200 mph on the Salt Flats at Bonneville, Utah, say Jones’ weight would not have limited his speed.

“We actually add weight for traction,” said Becca Livingston, who helped put together a 260 mph bike and has seen an unmodified Hayabusa go 179 mph on the salt and a stock bike with the governor removed hit 183.

But aerodynamics play a larger role at such high speed, she said, “And he may not be a very streamlined shape.”

Justin Burton, a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Chicago’s physics department, agreed that 182 mph was “not outside the realm of possibility” for an overweight man, although he cautioned that “increased surface area would increase drag.”

A pair of motorcyclists caught doing 150 mph on I-94 in 2009 are the next fastest speeders ever caught. Under a new law that took effect in January, anyone breaking the limit by more than 40 mph faces probation or jail time.

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ahahahhah debating the physics and aerodynamics of a fatass on a bike
yeah I got a good chuckle out of that one too.

But seriously though... there is no way a guy that big was going that fast especially in "moderate" traffic.
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I saw that this AM and was wondering if they also have a statistic that shows the speeds of people they didn't catch, I bet steve is in the top 5...

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Calendar Shows that was a Sunday. But to hit those speeds, he woulda have needed to do it by the city at 94-90 interchange or out west by 53-290 area by woodfield because traffic woulda been too bad by the airport. But high rate insurance, jack squatt for a fine, and no "eluding police" drolly saved his ass from time in slammer or serious $ out of pocket

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Calendar Shows that was a Sunday. But to hit those speeds, he woulda have needed to do it by the city at 94-90 interchange or out west by 53-290 area by woodfield because traffic woulda been too bad by the airport. But high rate insurance, jack squatt for a fine, and no "eluding police" drolly saved his ass from time in slammer or serious $ out of pocket
there are plenty places along that road to be wide open... and do those speeds... even with a bit of traffic...

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I saw that this AM and was wondering if they also have a statistic that shows the speeds of people they didn't catch, I bet steve is in the top 5...
dude might just be the top 5.

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I saw that this AM and was wondering if they also have a statistic that shows the speeds of people they didn't catch, I bet steve is in the top 5...
they catch him. they just call him on his phone and say "gotcha bitch, come turn yourself in!"
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Well the system once again proves that if you don't pull over you don't get fucked... if I didn't pull over on my excessive speeding ticket then I wouldn't have SR-22, because the cop said he completely lost me and found me "by chance" when I pulled over.
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Well the system once again proves that if you don't pull over you don't get fucked... if I didn't pull over on my excessive speeding ticket then I wouldn't have SR-22, because the cop said he completely lost me and found me "by chance" when I pulled over.
if he completely lost you then you could have beat the ticket unless he got your full plate as you flew past which is doubtful on the smaller MC plates
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if he completely lost you then you could have beat the ticket unless he got your full plate as you flew past which is doubtful on the smaller MC plates
so what you are saying is, either dont stop, or dont tell the truth and either way the system cant do shit? good to know.


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And in Iowa, there is no traffic school or any exceptions for scheduled offenses ... so I was just f'd regardless. The judge told me he wished he could do something but there was nothing in the books that would allow him to, unless he threw out the case and he wasn't willing to do that.
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No way this tub of lard was doing 182 unless the busa had a turbo and a tailwind.

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so what you are saying is, either dont stop, or dont tell the truth and either way the system cant do shit? good to know.


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just saying if the cop completely loses sight of you and doesn't get a plate# you can beat the ticket at trial, even with stopping when pulled over and without lying under oath if you/your lawyer asks the right questions at trial. but then IA law may differ
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they catch him. they just call him on his phone and say "gotcha bitch, come turn yourself in!"
doesn't he know that state trooper chick?

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Well the system once again proves that if you don't pull over you don't get fucked... if I didn't pull over on my excessive speeding ticket then I wouldn't have SR-22, because the cop said he completely lost me and found me "by chance" when I pulled over.
or... you could just not excessively speed and avoid the whole thing...

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just saying if the cop completely loses sight of you and doesn't get a plate# you can beat the ticket at trial, even with stopping when pulled over and without lying under oath if you/your lawyer asks the right questions at trial. but then IA law may differ
you would still have to either lie to the cop at the time of him giving you a ticket, or not say anything. which seems to piss off most cops and make your day worse.

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just saying if the cop completely loses sight of you and doesn't get a plate# you can beat the ticket at trial, even with stopping when pulled over and without lying under oath if you/your lawyer asks the right questions at trial. but then IA law may differ
this works in cali too
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or... you could just not excessively speed and avoid the whole thing...
I suppose but I don't do it all the time.
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