Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | NEWS
Lindstrom man faces felony charge for 146 mph
Greg Marsten | Staff writer
BALSAM LAKE – A 23-year-old Lindstrom, Minn., man is facing multiple charges, including felony first-degree reckless endangerment, after police clocked him at nearly 150 mph on his motorcycle, weaving in and out of traffic on Hwy. 8.
According to a probable cause report filed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Tyler Gese, 23, Lindstrom, was seen passing a vehicle on his orange and black colored sport bike at an “extreme speed” on the evening of Wednesday, June 11, reportedly at speeds of between 83 and 94 mph, before he slipped in front of an oncoming car - which happened to be an unmarked Wisconsin State Patrol officer.
The trooper was westbound on Hwy. 8 at the time, and quickly turned around to offer up a pursuit. Gese reportedly turned north on Hwy. 46 toward Balsam Lake when the trooper last caught sight of his bike. At the time, he had clocked the rider accelerating from 113 mph to 146 mph.
The trooper attempted to keep up with the bike for a brief period, but due to safety concerns, he backed off and requested mutual aid.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped Gese a short time later just south of Balsam Lake, where authorities placed him under arrest and confiscated the motorcycle.
Gese was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, as well as misdemeanor resisting arrest/failure to stop. He was also charged with speeding and unsafe passing into oncoming traffic.
According to Chief Deputy Steve Moe of the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Gese’s felony endangerment charge is based, in part, on the opinion of the officer(s) who attempted to arrest him, although the report states that a bike meeting the description of Gese’s has been the subject of several similar complaints, one even witnessed by an off-duty PCSD deputy.
According to the state statute regarding reckless endangerment, the felony charge is based on three factors: that his speeding and passing endangered the safety of other drivers, as well as showed reckless criminal conduct and showed utter disregard for human life.
“To get a conviction, they (prosecutors) need to prove all three elements,” Moe said.
Gese was also cited for going 91 mph over the speed limit, which goes far beyond the typical sliding scale for fines on speeding ticket fines, which ends at 100 mph. The charges end at going in excess of 45 mph over the speed limit, so Gese is facing a $515.50 speeding ticket, on top of the other charge of passing into oncoming traffic, which carries an additional $326.50 fine.
Gese made an initial appearance before a judge on Tuesday, June 12, where he set a $1,000 signature bond, as well as a July 29 preliminary hearing, where a judge will decide if enough evidence exists to move the case ahead to trial.
In the probable cause report narrative, Gese reportedly told police on the scene that he did not know the undercover trooper was a law officer until after he arrived on the scene of the arrest. He also told the officers that he was on his way to see his son, and claimed the sport bike’s speedometer was not correct, making him unaware of his true speed.
However, he later suggested that he had the bike up near 200 mph on a track, although it was unclear the circumstances of the claim.
According to a website that tracks vehicle identification numbers, Gese’s sport bike is likely a 2005 Honda Interceptor, although the true top speed depends on a variety of factors and possible aftermarket equipment, many of those Honda models are electronically limited to 155 mph from the factory.