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POLICE: Louisville motorcyclist fled cops at over 100 mph

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Michael Skaggs (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Michael Skaggs (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville motorcyclist endangered the lives of police officers and other drivers when he drove at speeds of over 100 mph in an attempt to evade police.

According to an arrest report, police were driving behind 26-year-old Michael Skaggs on Dixie Highway Tuesday evening, when they clocked him driving his motorcycle at 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.

When Skaggs looked behind him and saw the police vehicle, he allegedly weaved through traffic and ran a red light in an effort to get away from the officer.

Police pursued him as he was "driving at a high rate of speed through a residential area," the report states.

At the intersection of Durworth Drive and Dover Road, police activated their lights and sirens.

Police say they pursued Skaggs, and he drove over 100 mph down Dover Road, which is a 25 mph zone. He almost struck several cars in the process, according to police, and attempted to turn in front of traffic. His motorcycle ended up in a yard, and an officer managed to grab him off the bike before he could flee on foot, police say.

Skaggs allegedly had a suspended Indiana driver's license, no insurance, no helmet and an active warrant for another traffic offense.

Police say he admitted to fleeing and apologized.

He was arrested and charged with speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended operator's license, failure to signal properly, disregarding a stop sign and not having registration plates.

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